The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class

The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class : Reports from the Field

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The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class explores the dynamics of the modern American family and how they have adapted to the changing economy and culture. Contributors from a variety of disciplines redefine the concept of the "model American family" and provide well-researched insight into what the new standards for judging family life and its functionality will be.show more

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  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739117408
  • 9780739117408

About Elizabeth Rudd

Lara Descartes is assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. Elizabeth Rudd is a research affiliate of the Center for the Ethnography of Everyday Life and research scientist at the University of Washington, Seattle.show more

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In this beautifully rendered collection, we peer through so many different windows of American family life. Rural North Dakota parents reverently passing on farm values, if not the farm itself, to their children. Silicon Valley hi-tech family workers share long hours and high hopes in their electronic cottage. Affluent corporate executives and their stay-at-home wives still can't control influences beyond the gates to their communities. Refugees from corporate life set up a small town pie shop hoping to find a better way to mix work and family life. The superb studies gathered here reflect the many ways families are trying to build the American Dream on an ever more eroded and shifting landscape. -- Arlie Hochschild, author of The Commercialization of Intimate Life and The Time Bind A fresh and engaging set of ethnographic accounts - the reader is quickly immersed in a gallery of diverse and vivid portraits of everyday work and family life. I will be recommending this book to colleagues! -- Kerry Daly, professor and chair, department of family relations and applied nutrition, University of Guelph in Canada The sheer variety of people and circumstances found in the 13 substantive chapters is striking. -- Robert Drago, Professor LSER & WS, Penn State Useful for students...Recommended. CHOICE, February 2009 This edited collection contributes to the under-researched social reality that middle class families are not monolithic. As a whole this collection of ethnographic studies provides rich portraits of the changing cultural landscape of work and family life.With employment in flux and family membership no longer conventional these authors offer us a fresh look at diversity in the middle of the social class structure. A terrific read this collection will make a wonderful supplement for social sciences work/family courses... -- Rosanna Hertz, Luella LaMer Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Chair of Women's Studies at Wellesley College This edited collection contributes to the under-researched social reality that middle class families are not monolithic. As a whole this collection of ethnographic studies provides rich portraits of the changing cultural landscape of work and family life. With employment in flux and family membership no longer conventional these authors offer us a fresh look at diversity in the middle of the social class structure. A terrific read this collection will make a wonderful supplement for social sciences work/family courses. -- Rosanna Hertz, Luella LaMer Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Chair of Women's Studies at Wellesley College The case studies examined here make this book an informative resource; it could be particularly useful as a course text since many chapters include brief but good scholarly and historical backgrounds, such as histories of working mothers in African American communities and shifting attitudes toward children and parenting in the United States. Anthropology of Work Reviewshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 1 Changing Landscapes of Work and Family Part 4 I Intersections of Work and Family Chapter 5 2 Working Selves, Moral Selves: Crafting the Good Person in the Northern Plains Chapter 6 3 Kitchen Conferences and Garage Cubicles: The Merger of Home and Work in a 24-7 Global Economy Chapter 7 4 'We pass the Baby off at the Factory Gates': Work and Family in the Manufacturing Midwest Chapter 8 5 The Work-Family Divide for Low-Income African Americans Chapter 9 6 American Dreaming: Refugees from Corporate Work Seek the Good Life Chapter 10 7 Patrolling the Boundaries of Childhood in Middle-Class "Ruburbia" Part 11 II The (Not So) Standard North American Family Chapter 12 8 Gay Family Values: Gay Co-Father Families in Straight Communities Chapter 13 9 Black Women have Always Worked: Is There a Work-Family Conflict Among the Black Middle Class? Chapter 14 10 'It's like Arming Them': African American Mothers' Views on Racial Socialization Chapter 15 11 Seeing the Baby in the Belly: Family and Kinship at the Ultrasound Scan Chapter 16 12 Stabilizing Influence: Cultural Expectations of Fatherhood Chapter 17 13 Focused on the Chinese American Family: Chinese Immigrant Churches and Childrearing Chapter 18 14 Choosing Chastity: Redefining the Sexual Double Standard in the Language of Choice Chapter 19 Afterword: What is a Family? Chapter 20 Contributors Chapter 21 Credits for the Cover Photosshow more

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