The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home

The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0143120336

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

An updated edition of a standard in its field that remains relevant more than twenty years after its original publication.

More than twenty years ago, sociologist and University of California, Berkeley, professor Arlie Hochschild set off a tidal wave of conversation and controversy with his bestselling book, The Second Shift In it, she examined what really happens in dual-career households. Adding together time in paid work, child care, and housework, she found that working mothers put in a month of work a year more than their spouses. Updated for a workforce now half female, this edition cites a range of new studies and statistics and includes a new afterword in which Hochschild assesses how much-and how little-has changed for women today.

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effort in changing, Nancy had not been as grateful to Evan as he felt she should have been. Not only had she not been grateful, she’d resented him. But now, under the new maintenance program to support the necessary myth of equality in her marriage, Nancy set aside the tangles in the give and take of credit. She thought now in a more segregated way. She compared women to women, and men to men, and based her sense of gratitude on that way of thinking. Since the going rate was unfavorable to

himself (his two children, Alexandra and Diane, were five and three), he felt more engrossed in their lives—like a mother—and more discontent with his book business than his views of manhood would allow. He seemed to need Nina between himself and the children for things to feel right. Nina, a stunning, slender blue-eyed blonde of thirty-three, is slightly shy in manner. When I interviewed her in the evening at home, she seemed still ready for the office, dressed in a white skirt and jacket—a

children: none. He explained: I’d like to get rid of the anxiety I have about being a lawyer. Jessica suggested a long time ago that we could both go into public law. Or we could travel and do the things we enjoy. If I could get rid of my anxiety about being a lawyer it would open up a lot of other opportunities. But I have to be doing what I am doing. I have to be that guy they turn to when the case is really tough. It’s a neurotic drive. Among his legal colleagues it was almost fashionable

we lived there. Then I come back that evening. I worry about the kids and my job if I’m here, but going there I have real time to myself. Also, the psychiatrist I am seeing there is really exciting to talk to. I can be fanciful and regressed with him and I’m enjoying that. Plus I have lunch with old friends. That’s my perfect day. With this “perfect day” to make up for the rest of the week, Jessica no longer found Seth’s absence so oppressive. After all, Bill was taking Victor to his piano

lessons on how to be a bitch?” There was a long, painful silence. “I didn’t mean that,” he said softly, “I really didn’t.” “There’s truth in sarcasm,” Barbara replied. They saw no way to undo the harm and, with the two visitors, the embarrassment. Almost against their will, the marital machine had punched out regrettable words that could not be taken back. Finally, the child improvised a new rope game with the guest, amused us all, and the rest of the dinner was fine. The last I’d heard, the

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