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
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