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Busier Than Ever!
Why American Families Can't Slow Down

Cover Busier Than Ever



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by Charles N. Darrah, James M. Freeman,
and J.A. English-Lueck

Available from Stanford University Press

    “A fascinating examination of everyday life, this book offers a detailed picture of what constitutes busyness in American families as they cope with a risk society and manage the consequences of option overload.”
           — Deborah Tannen, author of
                  You're Wearing THAT?

    “This is a timely look in the mirror of dual-income middle class America.”
           — Arlie Hochschild, author of
                  The Time Bind: When Work Becomes               Home and Home Becomes Work

Busyness defines the lives of most Americans. For some, the focus of busyness is family. For others, it is career or social activities. Sometimes busyness results from a big event, like the catastrophic illness of a family member, but much of it builds from many seemingly inconsequential demands that collectively become overwhelming. We search for the best airline prices on the Internet, are “partners” with teachers in our children’s education, and employ a battery of devices that promise to save labor if only we can learn how to use them.

Busier Than Ever! follows the daily activities of fourteen American families. It explores why they are busy and what the consequences are for their lives. Busyness is not just a matter of personal time management, but of the activities we participate in and how each of us creates “the good life.” While numerous books deal with efficiency and the difficulties of balancing work and family, Busier Than Ever! offers a fresh approach. Busyness is not a “problem” to be solved—it is who we are as Americans and it’s redefining American families.

© 2007 by the Board of Trustees of the
Leland Stanford Junior University

Requests for review copies should be directed to
Stanford University Press Publicists, Mary Kate Maco or David Jackson.

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