Starting in Our Own Backyards

Starting in Our Own Backyards : How Working Families Can Build Community and Survive the New Economy

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Containing interviews with more than 100 middle-class working parents in the Boston area, Bookman vividly illustrates the inherent conflicts faced by today's two-working-parent families and the often unfortunate consequences for the community. In an important departure from the ongoing debate, she offers a new paradigm for the relationship between paid and unpaid work that could invigorate both family life and the quality of civil society.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138982865
  • 9781138982864

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"The clarity and realism of this book makes it an excellent addition to the work-family literature." -- Anthropology of Work Review, Vol. XXVIII, No. 3
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About Ann Bookman

Ann Bookman is Executive Director of the MIT Workplace Center. She is a social anthropologist and author of a number of publications on women's work, work and family issues, unionization, and family policy. Bookman has held a variety of teaching and research positions and has also worked in government. As a presidential appointee during the first term of the Clinton administration, she served as Policy and Research Director of the Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor, and as Executive Director of the bipartisan Commission on Family and Medical Leave. She is co-editor of Women and the Politics of Empowerment.
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Table of contents

Introduction: The Engine That Could

Part I. Work, Family and Community in the New Economy
Chapter 1: New Terrain for Work and Family: Making the Community Connection
Chapter 2: How Friendly Is the "Family-Friendly Workplace"?: A Look at the Biotech Industry
Chapter 3: All In the Family: It's not a Private Affair

Part II. From Family Connections to Community Involvement
Chapter 4: Community As A Starting Point: Place and Participation
Chapter 5: More Than Roads and Bridges
Chapter 6: Childcare and Other Building Blocks of Civil Society
Chapter 7: The PTA Is Not The Problem
Chapter 8: Not By Bread Alone

Part III. Investing in Community: Everybody's Business
Chapter 9: The Trials of a Full-time Working Mom: Or How I Became a Part-time Worker and a Part-time Community Activist
Chapter 10: From Backyards to Corporate Boardrooms and Beyond: All Stakeholders Welcome
Chapter 11: The Call of Community: Vocation and Avocation
Appendix One: Methodology
Appendix Two: The Family Friendly Community Index
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