From Publishers Weekly
Jackson, an Associated Press workplace columnist, asserts that Americans have rephrased the maxim "home is where the heart is." According to her, home has been transformed from a haven offering solitude from the world to something akin to a railroad station. She has spent years observing Americans' work habits and lifestyles, noting the career trends that have transformed the country. She creates a map charting the evolution of the changing workplace, positing that only as paid work moved outside the home did family life become more intimate and homes grow private. By the Industrial Age, the home was idealized as a sanctuary. But now we live in an era in which people who have their own communications technology constantly scramble to build new barriers and adjust the degree of access others have to them. Jackson also addresses those who work from home, who, she writes, are stressed because they can't escape work and because home offices create forced intimacy as clients venture into what was once a very private domain. According to Jackson, the result of all of this hustling from home has been a market in which some of the topselling home furniture is designed to bring work into all parts of the house. That's a plus for furniture manufacturers; however, all of this obsessing over work has left many children stranded. Jackson has crafted an insightful book, more a cultural study than a guidebook, that will make readers reexamine how, where and why they work.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Not a book exhorting families to return to another time, this is instead a provocative look at work and family that challenges us to examine our lives and find our own solutions. In the first part, Jackson, a workplace columnist for the Associated Press, shows how work is creeping into the home and asks whether we need a home and what it provides us. From there, she examines what we can do to create a haven. Although Jackson acknowledges that home and work activities will continue to mesh as technology becomes more and more pervasive, she stresses the need for privacy in time and space. She also recognizes that we are unlikely to return to a day when women are the primary housekeepers; instead, she believes that everyone (woman, man, or child) can contribute to the creation of a home. Homes, Jackson says, can coexist with mobility and technology if we "make [them] places of experience, rootedness, learning, and sharing." Highly recommended. Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.