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Faculty Book: Cynthia Fuchs Epstein and Arne L. Kalleberg, editors

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein and Arne L. Kalleberg, editors

Fighting for Time: Shifting Boundaries of Work and Social Life
(Russell Sage, September 2004; 384 pp)

Fighting for Time brings together a collection of essays by distinguished sociologists and management analysts who investigate the social construction of time and its importance in American culture. Though there are still 24 hours in a day, the authors contend that society's idea of who should be doing what—and when—has shifted. Time, the ultimate scarce resource, has become an increasingly contested battle zone in American life as work, family, and personal obligations pull individuals in conflicting directions. This anthology challenges many of the assumptions we make about the relationship between time and work, showing that time is a fluid concept deriving its importance from cultural attitudes, social psychological processes, and the exercise of power. The book provides valuable insights into the fields of sociology, economics, social psychology, business, and work-life balance issues. Epstein is a distinguished professor of sociology at The Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: AUG 1, 2004

Category: Faculty Books | Sociology