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The Resource The tumbleweed society : working and caring in an age of insecurity, Allison J. Pugh

The tumbleweed society : working and caring in an age of insecurity, Allison J. Pugh

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The tumbleweed society : working and caring in an age of insecurity
Title
The tumbleweed society
Title remainder
working and caring in an age of insecurity
Statement of responsibility
Allison J. Pugh
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "We live in a tumbleweed society, where job insecurity is rampant and widely seen as inevitable. Companies are transforming the way they organize work. While new working conditions offer gains for some workers, others lose out. Home life offers little respite: while diverse types of families are more accepted than ever before, stability is increasingly lacking in our intimate lives. In The Tumbleweed Society, sociologist Allison Pugh examines the ways we navigate questions of commitment and flexibility at work and at home in a society where insecurity has become the norm. Drawing on 80 in-depth interviews with three groups of parents who vary in their experiences of job insecurity and family structure, Pugh explores how people are adapting to the new culture of insecurity and how these adaptations themselves affect what we can expect from each other. Faced with perpetual insecurity both at work and at home, people construct stronger walls between the two, expecting little or nothing from their jobs and placing nearly all of their expectations for fulfilling connections on their intimate relationships. This trend, Pugh argues, often has the effect of making intimate lives even more fraught, reproducing the very tumbleweed dynamics they seek to check. Pugh shows that our experiences of insecurity shape the way we talk about obligations, how we interpret them as commitments we will or will not shoulder, how we conceive of what we owe each other--indeed, how we are able to weave the fabric of our connected lives"--
  • "Drawing on 80 in-depth interviews with three groups of parents (mostly women) who vary in their experiences of job insecurity, Pugh explores how people adapt to the new American landscape of uncertainty and insecurity--some with cool acceptance, others with denial or pragmatism, and still others with astounding altruism and over-commitment. She observes that many workers today adopt what she calls the "one-way honor system." Faced with perpetual insecurity both at work and at home, Pugh finds that people defensively construct stronger and thicker walls between the two, expecting little or nothing from their jobs and placing nearly all of their expectations for enduring and fulfilling connections on their intimate relationships. This trend, she argues, often has the effect of making individuals' intimate lives, in which some invest so much in an effort to countervail the insecurity of work, in fact more fraught, reproducing the very "tumbleweed" dynamics they seek to check. By examining how we adapt ourselves, and prepare our children, for a new environment of uncertainty, Pugh gives us a finely detailed rendering of what "commitment" now means and how we still try to find it"--
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Pugh, Allison J
Dewey number
331.25/96
Index
index present
LC call number
HD5708.4
LC item number
.P84 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Job security
  • Marriage
  • Families
  • Work environment
  • Parenting
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Families
  • Job security
  • Marriage
  • Parenting
  • Work environment
  • Arbeitsplatzsicherung
  • Elternschaft
  • Familie
  • Hochzeit
  • Unsicherheit
Label
The tumbleweed society : working and caring in an age of insecurity, Allison J. Pugh
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-252) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Managing the Unrequited Contract -- New Economy Winners and the Moral Wall -- The Imperative of Detachment -- The Knots of Duty -- The Giving Trees -- The Stable Oasis -- Duty and the Flexible Child -- The Coral Society -- Epilogue: The tumbleweed society -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix A: Commitment Talk
Control code
ocn878299469
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 262 pages
Isbn
9780199957712
Lccn
2014013277
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199957712
  • (OCoLC)878299469
Label
The tumbleweed society : working and caring in an age of insecurity, Allison J. Pugh
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-252) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Managing the Unrequited Contract -- New Economy Winners and the Moral Wall -- The Imperative of Detachment -- The Knots of Duty -- The Giving Trees -- The Stable Oasis -- Duty and the Flexible Child -- The Coral Society -- Epilogue: The tumbleweed society -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix A: Commitment Talk
Control code
ocn878299469
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 262 pages
Isbn
9780199957712
Lccn
2014013277
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199957712
  • (OCoLC)878299469

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