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Product Details

  • Series: Families in Focus
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813549566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813549569
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This collection of articles by many of [Hochschild's] former students and collaborators is a fitting and loving tribute to the life work of one of the most original, influential, and passionate contributors to the discipline of sociology, and much more broadly to the study of emotions, work, family, and human relationships in the global economy."
(Contemporary Sociology 1999-01-01)

"In selecting essays for the book, Garey and Hansen illustrate the diversity of research weaving together the contours of gender, work and intimate life, which highlight the complexity of experiences in the 21st century. In doing so, this book becomes a road map for examining the rich terrain of the most vexed policy and social issues of contemporary life."
(Work, Employment, and Society 2012-01-01)

"Garey and Hansen have assembled a stunning collection of studies on the emotional and logistical dynamics of coordinating paid and unpaid work. A must read."
(Stephanie Coontz author of A Strange Stirring 2099-01-01)

"At the Heart of Work and Family deftly illustrates Hochschild's path-breaking perspectives, advancing understandings of job/career designs, gendered expectations, and family lives as they intertwine in the new economy."
(Stephen Sweet author of Changing Contours of Work 2099-01-01)

"At the Heart of Work and Family brings together scholarship from a wide variety of respected scholars to apply Hochschild’s concepts to explore work and family dynamics. It is engaging, dynamic, conceptually rich, and moves the field of work and family scholarship forward."
(Teachers College Record 2014-01-31)

"Garey and Hansen's selection of essays touch upon a rich range of work-family topics. At the Heart of Work and Family is an important contribution to the interdisciplinary field of work and family, and it makes an invaluable contribution to the field of sociology."
(Social Service Review)

About the Author

Anita Ilta Garey is an associate professor of human development and family studies and of sociology at the University of Connecticut. Her book, Weaving Work and Motherhood, received the 2000 William J. Goode Book Award.

Karen V. Hansen is a professor of sociology and women's and gender studies at Brandeis University. Her books include Not-So-Nuclear Families: Class, Gender, and Networks of Care (Rutgers University Press), which received the William J. Goode Book Award, Honorable Mention.

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I got this book because I took a Family Life and Child Development elective for grad school. I figured since our library already has Hochschild's earlier works, I should get a newer book with a "theory into practice" approach.

The book lists articles by theme/issue in addition to the standard Table of Contents.

As for the "theory into practice" part, I would recommend this book for newbies like me (but not necessarily for practitioners). The articles provide good starting points for future research.
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