Starting in Our Own Backyards: How Working Families Can Build Community and Survive the New Economy, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Starting in Our Own Backyards

How Working Families Can Build Community and Survive the New Economy, 1st Edition

By Ann Bookman


336 pages

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Containing interviews with more than 100 middle-class working parents in the Boston area, Bookman vividly illustrates the inherent conflicts faced by today's two-working-parent families and the often unfortunate consequences for the community. In an important departure from the ongoing debate, she offers a new paradigm for the relationship between paid and unpaid work that could invigorate both family life and the quality of civil society.


"The clarity and realism of this book makes it an excellent addition to the work-family literature."

-- Anthropology of Work Review, Vol. XXVIII, No. 3

About the Author

Ann Bookman is Executive Director of the MIT Workplace Center. She is a social anthropologist and author of a number of publications on women's work, work and family issues, unionization, and family policy. Bookman has held a variety of teaching and research positions and has also worked in government. As a presidential appointee during the first term of the Clinton administration, she served as Policy and Research Director of the Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor, and as Executive Director of the bipartisan Commission on Family and Medical Leave. She is co-editor of Women and the Politics of Empowerment.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family