Busier Than Ever

Author: Charles Darrah
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804768184
Format: PDF, ePub
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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, Kindle
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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, Kindle
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Being and Well Being

Author: J.A. English-Lueck
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804775796
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As the great American work-benefit experiment erodes, companies are increasingly asking people to take responsibility for managing their own health. There's no question work and health are intertwined. But what effect does an intensely productive, globally connected, high-tech work environment have on a population largely entrusted with overseeing their own health needs? In California's Silicon Valley, a distinctive and medically diverse health culture has emerged. Being and Well-Being explores this health culture, detailing the biomedical, countercultural, and immigrant-based beliefs and practices that shape ideas about working, care-giving, and what it means to be healthy. As English-Lueck shows, the integration of workplace productivity with personal health has created national patterns of discrimination against those not in the productive mainstream, including the unemployed, retired, and chronically ill. But new ideas about work and health can clarify core American values, highlight emerging global trends, and provide a vital assessment of the evolution of our shared pursuit of well-being. While policymakers debate the possibilities for health insurance reform and government provisions, they overlook this lived experience. The shift of responsibility from organization to individual, a key feature of late capitalism, has significant implications. Individuals are supposed to be unfettered innovators at work, while managing the mundane details of their pensions and health plans. Workers are simultaneously responsible for work projects and for themselves as projects. Here, where work and health collide, in the front offices and on the warehouse floors, is one of the key ways in which people, in the guise of workers, feel capitalism.

The evolving world of work and family

Author: Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
ISBN:
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During the past two decades, as researchers have documented the revolutionary shifts which have occurred within families and at places of business, the number of academics and corporate practitioners who have devoted their life's work to these important social issues has grown. But has the field of study progressed as rapidly as the changes in work and family issues? As we are getting ready to face the 21st century, many work-family leaders are challenging one another to be more articulate about their visions, to be bolder about their hopes, and to more actively encourage meaningful dialogue about the diverse work and family experiences encountered everyday by working families all over the globe. In this special issue of THE ANNALS, The Evolving World of Work and Family: New Stakeholders, New Voices, articles will highlight and uncover new dialogues and discoveries in the work and family field: A New Work-Life Model for the Twenty-First Century Work-Family Backlash · Lower-Wage Workers and the New Realities of Work and Family · The Impact of Family on Job Displacement and Recovery The articles in this issue discuss some of the newest insights into work and family and how the field has the potential to usher in a millennium of radical social change. This issue of THE ANNALS is an essential tool for all scholars and professionals dealing with the changes and challenges regarding work and family.

Contemplations from the Heart

Author: Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630872318
Format: PDF, ePub
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How do we find God in a world where God often seems to be hidden? How do we love one another and seek social justice? This series of theological and spiritual reflections on family and community helps readers see spirituality in daily life, exploring current issues such as global warming, environment, racism, child rearing, and sexism in relation to the church to offer readers new insights and directions for living as faithful Christians. This book's brief, daily reflections on universal concerns give voice to what many people feel but struggle to articulate, bringing emotions to the surface to help readers apply theology in their everyday lives. The book's thirty entries make it ideal for a month of daily personal devotions or group study and discussion.