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Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter

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ISBN-13: 978-0674055674
ISBN-10: 0674055675
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674055675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674055674
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan Williams does a tremendous job of altering the terms of the public discussion about working, caregiving, and work-family conflicts. The book is packed with data about family leave policies in this country and others. It also carefully documents some of the disadvantages that men, particularly those in blue collar jobs, experience in the workplace. This book is essential for anyone who wants to be informed about cutting edge work-family issues. It is also terrific from a narrative perspective. Professor Williams dismantles many press-constructed narratives about the working world and instead brings forth stories in the workers' own voices.
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This book has more ideas in one chapter than most authors manage to put into a lifetime of books. Its ideas on men and class as the keys to full equality are well worth examining. But, and it's a big but, the author has chosen to write in academese, which is to say, she has chosen to make much of the book almost unapproachable by any except a small coterie of fellow academics who write as though providing lots of footnotes and references to each other improves the quality of their ideas. Perhaps she will find herself able to write more approachably on these topics on the future.
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The book itself could be good, and I believe that the paper version should be. However, if you have any interest in checking data in tables, DO NOT buy the kindle version. All tables are missing and replaced by a link to an online PDF. That does not work for me as I do not necessarily have online access when I read, and besides, this is not a pleasant reading to have if you need to leave your book every so often to get the missing data (that should be in the book, online).
What disappoints me the most is that the kindle version was sold without any warning of this major flaw.
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