This brief and accessible title integrates contemporary scholarly research with compelling vignettes to make it appealing to both instructors and undergraduate audiences. While focused on the United States in respect to its target audience and emphasis, it contains considerable international data that compares and contrasts social policies adopted in Europe and elsewhere. In so doing, it shows both the strengths and the limitations of the approaches used in the U.S. This title is the only single source that summarizes the origins of work–family concerns, the diversities of needs and experiences, the impact of tensions on the family front, the consequences of tensions for employers, and different types of policies that can make meaningful differences not only in the lives of employees, but also potentially in job quality and national productivity.

Diversity of Work, Family, and Work-Family Arrangements

Diversity of work, family, and work-family arrangements

If one were able to take a snapshot of every person in society, nearly endless combinations of work, family, and work-family arrangements would show up. These include workers with great jobs but whose marriages are falling apart; workers who have terrible jobs but whose families affirm their personal worth; those who are work rich and family rich, receiving many rewards in both domains; those who are work poor and family poor, receiving few rewards in either domain; and on and on. If one were to make a movie of every person in society, movement into and out of different configurations through the life course would become apparent. For example, a happily married ...

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