A Critical Review and Agenda for Research and Policy
Author: Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
Category: Business & Economics
Now considered a classic in the field, this book first called attention to what Kanter has referred to as the "myth of separate worlds." Rosabeth Moss Kanter was one of the first to argue that the assumes separation between work and family was a myth and that research must explore the linkages between these two roles.
The Oxford Handbook of Work and Family examines contemporary work-family issues from a variety of important viewpoints. By thoroughly examining where the field has been and where it is heading, this important volume offers razor-sharp reviews of long-standing topics and fresh ideas to move work-family research and practice in new and necessary directions. In providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and cross-national perspectives, Tammy D. Allen and Lillian T. Eby have assembled a world-class team of scholars and practitioners to offer readers cutting-edge information on this rapidly growing area of scientific inquiry. The Handbook also includes reviews of historically under-studied groups and highlights the important role that technology plays in shaping the work-family interface, the potential contribution of neuroscience to better understanding work-family issues, the ways in which work-family scholarship and practice can be enhanced through theoretical perspectives, and the use of social media to translate important research findings to the public. The Oxford Handbook of Work and Family is a roadmap for moving work-family scholarship forward, while also providing rich descriptive accounts of how major organizations have been able to turn research findings into effective evidence-based policies and practices to help adults better manage both work and family responsibilities.
Foucault and the Spirit of 21st Century Capitalism
Author: Professor Peter Kelly
Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Business & Economics
Twenty first century, flexible capitalism creates new demands for those who work to acknowledge that all aspects of their lives have come to be seen as performance related, and consequently of interest to those who employ them (or fire them). At the start of the 21st century we can identify, borrowing from Max Weber, new work ethics that provide novel ethically slanted maxims for the conduct of a life, and which suggest that the cultivation of the self as an enterprise is the life-long activity that should give meaning, purpose and direction to a life. The book provides an innovative theoretical and methodological approach that draws on the problematising critique of Michel Foucault, the sociological imagination of Zygmunt Bauman and the work influenced by these authors in social theory and social research in the last three decades. The author takes seriously the ambivalence and irony that marks many people’s experience of their working lives, and the demands of work at the start of the 21st century. The book makes an important contribution to the continuing debate about the nature of work related identities and the consequences of the intensification of the work regimes in which these identities are performed and regulated. In a post global financial crisis (GFC) world of sovereign debt, austerity and recession the author’s analysis focuses academic and professional interest on neo-liberal injunctions to imagine ourselves as an enterprise, and to reap the rewards and carry the costs of the conduct of this enterprise.
Tradition pegs men as providers and women as nurturers. But recent research shows it is a much more complex situation than that. Although many men fill traditional roles, a large number face the same demands that confront working women. In Men, Work, and Family such well-known researchers as Pleck, Bailyn, Fassinger, Tienda, and Mortimer provide new insight on the diversity and complexity of men's work and their relationships with their families. Both dual-worker and single-parent families are addressed. The contributors also pay close attention to family characteristics such as race, ethnicity, class, and age. Among the topics explored are work and family orientations of contemporary adolescent boys and girls, college men's attitudes toward family and work in the 90s, role allocation in Hispanic families, Japanese fathers, and changing gender roles in Sweden. The contributors also discuss the differing meanings of housework for single fathers and mothers and explore the economic and nurturant dimensions of men as fathers. A volume that examines--and often shatters--the stereotypes of men at home and at work, Men, Work, and Family is of particular importance for those who study gender roles, families, work and management, sociology, psychology, and the human services. "The book differs from similar compilations in several important ways. First, the text provides a discussion of men and masculinities within a multicultural perspective. . . . Second, the book offers a good balance of qualitative and quantitative studies." --Life Course "The impressive group of researchers in this volume evidence the increasing diversity of inquiry in the sociological study of men. . . . The volume adds maturity to the field through its diverse samples and methods. Fathers of different races, ethnic backgrounds, classes, cultures, and family structures are prominent in the book, highlighting both the commonalities of men's experiences in the family and the important differences of which researchers should be aware. We applaud the authors' efforts to emphasize the diversity of men's attitudes and behavior in the family." --Journal of Marriage and the Family "Jane Hood assembles an engaging collection of chapters into a volume that challenges traditional images of masculinity and describes how the myopic view of men as only economic providers in families fails to capture the rich diversity of the way in which they perceive and negotiate the work and family interface. . . . Major strengths of the volume include its cross-national examination of men's work and family experiences in Japan and Sweden, as well as its comparative perspective of U.S. men by socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, household structure, and age. . . . The volume would be excellent as either a main or supplemental text in both advanced undergraduate and graduate seminars in work, family, and gender roles. . . . [It] should stimulate provocative dialogue among both government and policymakers and business leaders who are interested in promoting a situation in which men and women share equally in the rewards and responsibilities of their work and family commitments." --Family Relations