The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work

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Henry Holt and Company, Apr 1, 2001 - Social Science - 336 pages

The national bestseller that put "work/family balance" in the headlines and on the White House agenda, with a new introduction by the author.

When The Time Bind was first published in 1997, it was hailed as the decade's most influential study of our work/family crisis. In the short time since, the crisis has only become more acute.

Arlie Russell Hochschild, bestselling author of The Second Shift, spent three summers at a Fortune 500 company interviewing top executives, secretaries, factory hands, and others. What she found was startling: Though every mother and nearly every father said "family comes first," few of these working parents questioned their long hours or took the company up on chances for flextime, paternity leave, or other "family friendly" policies. Why not? It seems the roles of home and work had reversed: work was offering stimulation, guidance, and a sense of belonging, while home had become the place in which there was too much to do in too little time.

Today Hochschild's findings are more relevant than ever. As she shows in her new introduction, the borders between family and work have become even more permeable. With the Internet extending working hours at home and offices offering domestic enticements -- free snacks, soft music -- to keep employees later at their jobs, The Time Bind stands as an increasingly important warning about the way we live and work.


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Along with predictable premises and conclusions, this case study raises unsettling questions about the impact of time on contemporary lives. Sociologist Hochschild (Univ. of Calif., Berkeley) observes ... Read full review

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Hochschild, coauthor of the acclaimed The Second Shift (LJ 4/15/89), here reports on a study she conducted of a large company (name changed) to see why employees were not taking advantage of the ... Read full review


Title Page
The Waving Window
Managed Values and Long Days
An Angel of an Idea
Family Values and Reversed Worlds
Giving at the Office
The Administrative Mother
A Gypsy Life
The Overextended Family
Overtime Hounds
The Third Shift
Evading the Time Bind
Making Time

Work as an Escape
Male Pioneers
The Men Who Didnt
What If the Boss Says
I Want Them to Grow Up to Be Good

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Arlie Russell Hochschild, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-director of The Center for Working Families, is the author of The Second Shift and The Managed Heart. Her articles have appeared in Harper's, Mother Jones, and Psychology Today, among others.

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