The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class: Reports from the Field

“In this beautifully rendered collection, we peer through so many different windows of American family life. Rural North Dakota parents reverently passing on farm values, if not the farm itself, to their children. Silicon Valley hi-tech family workers share long hours and high hopes in their electronic cottage. Affluent corporate executives and their stay-at-home wives still can’t control influences beyond the gates to their communities. Refugees from corporate life set up a small town pie shop hoping to find a better way to mix work and family life. The superb studies gathered here reflect the many ways families are trying to build the American Dream on an ever more eroded and shifting landscape.”—Arlie Hochschild, author of The Time Bind: The Commercialization of Intimate Life.

Rudd, E. & Descartes, L. (2008). The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class: Reports from the Field. Lanham, MA: Lexington Books

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