Busier Than Ever

Author: Charles Darrah
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804768184
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Busyness defines the lives of most Americans. For some, the focus of busyness is family. For others, it is career or social activities. Sometimes busyness results from a big event, like the catastrophic illness of a family member, but much of it builds from many seemingly inconsequential demands that collectively become overwhelming. We search for the best airline prices on the Internet, are "partners" with teachers in our children's education, and employ a battery of devices that promise to save labor if only we can learn how to use them. Busier Than Ever! follows the daily activities of fourteen American families. It explores why they are busy and what the consequences are for their lives. Busyness is not just a matter of personal time management, but of the activities we participate in and how each of us creates "the good life." While numerous books deal with efficiency and the difficulties of balancing work and family, Busier Than Ever! offers a fresh approach. Busyness is not a "problem" to be solved—it is who we are as Americans and it's redefining American families.

Geht s noch

Author: Caitrin Lynch
Publisher: J. Kamphausen Verlag
ISBN: 3958831214
Format: PDF
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"Herumsitzen ist nichts für mich, war es nie. Stillsitzen macht mich müde." Tom Convoy | 72 Jahre Die geburtenstarken Jahrgänge der Baby-Boom-Generation sind dem Ruhestand nahe. Die Belegschaft in den Betrieben wird immer älter. Doch obwohl der Anteil der älteren Arbeitnehmer stetig größer wird, bleibt ihr Ansehen schlecht oder verschlechtert sich sogar. Die Vita Needle Company in Massachusetts beweist: Die ältere Belegschaft vermag ebenso viel zu leisten wie die junge – wenn nicht noch mehr. Die Firma ist ein Beispiel dafür, wie produktiv ältere Mitarbeiter sein können und wollen! Es gibt keinen Grund, sich in den Ruhestand schicken zu lassen – auch nicht in Deutschland. Dies ist ein Mut-mach-Buch. Ein Buch über die Bedeutung von Arbeit nach der Pensionierung – für den Einzelnen und auch für die Gesellschaft. Mit ausführlichen Exkursen zur Situation in Deutschland.

The Parent App

Author: Lynn Schofield Clark
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199899614
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Offers parents strategies for coping with the increasing presence of digital and mobile media and for managing new technology for their children, and examines how approaches differ among families according to income.

Retirement on the Line

Author: Caitrin Lynch
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801464560
Format: PDF, Docs
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In an era when people live longer and want (or need) to work past the traditional retirement age, the Vita Needle Company of Needham, Massachusetts, provides inspiration and important lessons about the value of older workers. Vita Needle is a family-owned factory that was founded in 1932 and makes needles, stainless steel tubing and pipes, and custom fabricated parts. As part of its unusual business model, the company seeks out older workers; the median age of the employees is seventy-four. In Retirement on the Line, Caitrin Lynch explores what this unusual company's commitment to an elderly workforce means for the employer, the workers, the community, and society more generally. Benefiting from nearly five years of fieldwork at Vita Needle, Lynch offers an intimate portrait of the people who work there, a nuanced explanation of the company's hiring practices, and a cogent analysis of how the workers' experiences can inform our understanding of aging and work in the twenty-first century. As an in-depth study of a singular workplace, rooted in the unique insights of an anthropologist who specializes in the world of work, this book provides a sustained focus on values and meanings-with profound consequences for the broader assumptions our society has about aging and employment.

Fast Forward Family

Author: Elinor Ochs
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520273974
Format: PDF, ePub
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Called “the most unusually voyeuristic anthropology study ever conducted” by the New York Times, this groundbreaking book provides an unprecedented glimpse into modern-day American families. In a study by the UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives and Families, researchers tracked the daily lives of 32 dualworker middle class Los Angeles families between 2001 and 2004. The results are startling, and enlightening. Fast-Forward Family shines light on a variety of issues that face American families: the differing stress levels among parents; the problem of excessive clutter in the American home; the importance (and decline) of the family meal; the vanishing boundaries that once separated work and home life; and the challenges for parents as they try to reconcile ideals regarding what it means to be a good parent, a good worker, and a good spouse. Though there are also moments of connection, affection, and care, it’s evident that life for 21st century working parents is frenetic, with extended work hours, children’s activities, chores, meals to prepare, errands to run, and bills to pay.

Digital Anthropology

Author: Heather A. Horst
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0857852930
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Anthropology has two main tasks: to understand what it is to be human and to examine how humanity is manifested differently in the diversity of culture. These tasks have gained new impetus from the extraordinary rise of the digital. This book brings together several key anthropologists working with digital culture to demonstrate just how productive an anthropological approach to the digital has already become. Through a range of case studies from Facebook to Second Life to Google Earth, Digital Anthropology explores how human and digital can be defined in relation to one another, from avatars and disability; cultural differences in how we use social networking sites or practise religion; the practical consequences of the digital for politics, museums, design, space and development to new online world and gaming communities. The book also explores the moral universe of the digital, from new anxieties to open-source ideals. Digital Anthropology reveals how only the intense scrutiny of ethnography can overturn assumptions about the impact of digital culture and reveal its profound consequences for everyday life. Combining the clarity of a textbook with an engaging style which conveys a passion for these new frontiers of enquiry, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology, media studies, communication studies, cultural studies and sociology.

Fields of Play

Author: Noel Dyck
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442604174
Format: PDF, ePub
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Thousands of children participate in community sports every year, enjoying recreation time with their peers, getting healthy exercise, and learning a variety of personal and group skills. At the same time, children's sports are not without controversy: parents can be overly invested in their children's exploits, competitive success is often the focus, and rising costs can limit participation. Consider, too, that these activities, billed as being for the kids, are often overlaid with other agendas by the adults who volunteer, work, and generally support children's sports. Noel Dyck incorporates nearly two decades of ethnographic field research into this anthropologically informed account that illustrates how all those involved in children's sports—boys and girls, parents, coaches, and sport officials—shape these complex, vibrant fields of play. In the process, he explores larger questions and debates about contemporary family and community and the shaping of childhood, youth, and adulthood. Bridging anthropology, sport studies, and childhood studies, Fields of Play offers a rich understanding of an area that has, to date, gained relatively little attention by social scientists.

Being and Well Being

Author: J.A. English-Lueck
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804771588
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book tells the stories of the workers, the young people who will be future workers, and retired people who feel capitalism in their very bodies, as they work to define what it means to be healthy in America.

The Compass Within

Author: Sonia Lara
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595493033
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The Compass Within-we all have one, some of us are aware of it, some are not-this book is a guide to discovering that compass that exists within all of us, as well as a woman's journey of self-discovery and how her experiences and thoughts can possibly help you through the trying times everyone experiences sometime in our lives.Covering diverse subjects ranging from beating procrastination, avoiding negative influences in our lives, grief, the vicious cycle of debt, how to love and respect others, and more, The Compass Within serves as not only a reflection on these diverse topics, but as a suggestion to an alternative way of approaching life, and making the changes needed to lead a fulfilling and harmonious life.Some of us spend our whole lives looking for answers, but the problem is, do we know how to ask the right question? The Compass Within serves as a template to asking the right questions, and more importantly, providing the insight and direction needed to know what the answers are as they apply to us.The Author decided to write The Compass Within-both as a catharsis, and she hopes, to help others through difficult periods in their lives or suggest an alternative view on it.