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Work and family in America : a reference handbook
Stebbins, Leslie F., 1958-
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Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Cali. : ABC-CLIO, [2001]

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xiii, 247 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction and overview -- Chronology -- Biographical sketches -- Statistics on work-family -- Legislation and case law -- Directory of organizations -- Selected print resources -- Selected nonprint resources.
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Surveying current research findings, social trends, and public controversies, Work and Family in America examines the changing cultures of the workplace, family, and home.

* Covers the initial research on work-family from the 1970s and 1980s to the recent research showing that men are experiencing significant amounts of work-family stress as they become more involved with family life while the culture of the workplace remains largely unresponsive

* Includes an overview of legislation and cases that have impacted the field with particular emphasis on employment laws affecting women--a key component of the study of work-family

Author Notes

Leslie Stebbins is coordinator of library instruction at Brandeis University libraries and serves on the Brandeis University Committee on work/life issues.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

These two new volumes in the "Contemporary World Issues" series share the strengths of other series volumes in being engaging, concise, and well organized. They also follow the series' structure by providing an introduction/overview, a chronology, biographical sketches, statistics and graphs, a directory of organizations, and selected print, nonprint, and web resources. Among other highlights, Gilbert (economics, Hobart and William Smith Coll.) tracks population growth from Neolithic times to the present and offers long-term growth projections, while Stebbins, a librarian at Brandeis University with a special interest in work-family issues, provides landmark legal decisions. Far from spoon-feeding undergraduates, these titles challenge the student researcher to consider the international and historical scope of the two topic areas. Of particular value are the abstracts for the selected monographs in the resources section, which not only motivate student interest in the book described and the topic itself but will prove useful for collection development. In general, the series could be improved by the addition of recommendations for online databases to search for each topic, perhaps including the authorized subject headings for the topic. Paula R. Dempsey, DePaul Univ., Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This book delivers what it promises: a short, clear summary of subjects subsumed in the title, plus some international comparisons. Stebbins, a librarian who has made the topic of work and family her specialty, presents information and descriptions of sources to enable the reader to pursue various issues related to this topic. She provides a referenced overview of the field, which touches on many topics including women's and men's health, the gender gap in earnings, new roles for men, child care and elder care, corporate programs, issues for minorities, and important events from 1776 to 1999. Included are many annotated lists relating to the subject: US and international statistics, US laws, scholars, organizations, books, journals, videos, and Web pages. Finally, there is a glossary of terms. Since this small book covers such a large area, no issue is treated in depth. However, the selection and summary of topics is very well done. The only omission this reviewer noted is the absence of citations from the Academy of Management journals or the Journal of Vocational Behavior; the academic literature cited is primarily from the fields of sociology and women's studies. Recommended for public and lower-division undergraduate through research/professional library collections. F. Reitman Pace University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
1 Introduction and Overviewp. 1
The History of Work-Familyp. 3
Women and Work-Familyp. 11
Men and Work-Familyp. 23
Low-Income and Minority Groups and Work-Familyp. 32
Caregivingp. 39
Strategies for Resolving Work-Family Conflictp. 49
Referencesp. 69
2 Chronologyp. 85
3 Biographical Sketchesp. 109
4 Statistics on Work-Familyp. 121
Statistics on Work-Family in the United Statesp. 121
Statistics on Work-Family: International Comparisonsp. 134
Referencesp. 146
5 Legislation and Case Lawp. 149
Protective Legislation--Women in the Workforcep. 149
From "Special Treatment" to "Equal Treatment,"p. 150
Child Care and the Lawp. 151
Recent Lower Court Cases and Work-Familyp. 152
Key Federal Legislationp. 154
Supreme Court Decisionsp. 165
Referencesp. 168
6 Directory of Organizationsp. 169
7 Selected Print Resourcesp. 189
Booksp. 189
Journalsp. 209
8 Selected Nonprint Resourcesp. 217
Videosp. 217
Web Resourcesp. 227
Glossaryp. 231
Indexp. 237
About the Authorp. 247