Competing Devotions: Career and Family among Women Executives

4 avg rating
( 1 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780674010895: Competing Devotions: Career and Family among Women Executives

The wrenching decision facing successful women choosing between demanding careers and intensive family lives has been the subject of many articles and books, most of which propose strategies for resolving the dilemma. Competing Devotions focuses on broader social and cultural forces that create women's identities and shape their understanding of what makes life worth living.

Mary Blair-Loy examines the career paths of women financial executives who have tried various approaches to balancing career and family. The professional level these women have attained requires a huge commitment of time, energy, and emotion that seems natural to employers and clients, who assume that a career deserves single-minded allegiance. Meanwhile, these women must confront the cultural model of family that defines marriage and motherhood as a woman's primary vocation. This ideal promises women creativity, intimacy, and financial stability in caring for a family. It defines children as fragile and assumes that men lack the selflessness and patience that children's primary caregivers need. This ideal is taken for granted in much of contemporary society.

The power of these assumptions is enormous but not absolute. Competing Devotions identifies women executives who try to reshape these ideas. These mavericks, who face great resistance but are aided by new ideological and material resources that come with historical change, may eventually redefine both the nuclear family and the capitalist firm in ways that reduce work-family conflict.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Mary Blair-Loy is Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego.

Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:

http://www.hup.harvard.edu/pdf/BLACOD_excerpt.pdf

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Blair-Loy, Mary
Published by Harvard University Press (2003)
ISBN 10: 0674010892 ISBN 13: 9780674010895
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110674010892

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 51.92
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Mary Blair-Loy
Published by Harvard University Press (2003)
ISBN 10: 0674010892 ISBN 13: 9780674010895
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0674010892

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 113.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds