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The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home (Signed)

Hochschild, Arlie, with Anne MacHung

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ISBN 10: 0670824631 / ISBN 13: 9780670824632
Published by Viking Press, New York, 1989
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover in dust jacket. 8vo. Fourth printing. SIGNED and inscribed ("For Todd") on front free endpage by Arlie Hochschild. Book is crisp and clean with a slim rim of fading to blue boards. Unclipped dust jacket has yellowing edges on flaps, else fine. An examination of two- paycheck marriages before and up to 1990. 309 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 73219

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Title: The Second Shift: Working Parents and the ...

Publisher: Viking Press, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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In this landmark study, sociologist Arlie Hochschild takes us into the homes of two-career parents to observe what really goes on at the end of the "work day." Overwhelmingly, she discovers, it's the working mother who takes on the second shift.Hochschild finds that men share housework equally with their wives in only twenty percent of dual-career families. While many women accept this inequity in order to keep peace, they tend to suffer from chronic exhaustion, low sex drive, and more frequent illness as a result. The ultimate cost is the forfeited health and happiness of both partners, and often the survival of the marriage itself.With a new afterword by the author, this groundbreaking study is as relevant today as when it was first published.

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As more women work outside the home (54% in 1986) more tensions arise within their families. In this study of two-career parents, Hochschild, professor of sociology at UC Berkeley and herself a dual-career parent, identifies as "second shift" the domestic activity that occupies parents before they go to and after they return from office or shop. Conducted from 1981-1988, her interviews with working parents with children under age six reveal the inner lives of these families. We hear from women who are lawyers, executives, word processors, garment pattern cutters--and from their husbands, baby-sitters, friends and neighbors. There is agreement as to the difficulty of both parents working full time and raising children well; however, the perceptions of which partner shoulders prime responsibility vary. Even in self-perceived egalitarian couples, inequity appears, with women generally spending much more time than men on housework and childcare. This well-researched popular sociology book is presented with style and sympathy.
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