9781576752456

Take Back Your Time

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  • ISBN13:

    9781576752456

  • ISBN10:

    1576752453

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2003-08-31
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

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Summary

The typical American worker puts in nine weeks more on the job than his or her European counterpart. The costs of this overwork are enormous, both personally and societally. This bracing collection of essays is both a wide-ranging analysis of the phenomenon and a blueprint for change. With contributions by such notable names as Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life, and David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World, this book shows what ordinary citizens can do to restore balance to themselves and their communities. Take Back Your Time is the official handbook for Take Back Your Time Day, a national event rallying support for reclaiming a proper work-life balance.

Table of Contents

Preface, viii
Introduction, 1(4)
Part One: Overwork in America, 5(32)
1 The (Even More) Overworked American,
6(6)
Juliet Schor
2 An Issue for Everybody,
12(8)
Barbara Brandt
3 The Incredible Shrinking Vacation,
20(8)
Joe Robinson
4 Forced Overtime in the Land of the Free,
28(9)
Lonnie Golden
Part Two: Time is a Family Value, 37(20)
5 Overscheduled Kids, Underconnected Families,
38(8)
William Doherty and Barbara Carlson
6 Recapturing Childhood,
46(6)
Betsy Taylor
7 What about Fluffy and Fido?,
52(5)
Camilla H. Fox
Part Three: The Cost to Civil Society, 57(20)
8 Wasted Work, Wasted Time,
58(8)
Jonathan Rowe
9 Time to be a Citizen,
66(6)
Paul Loeb
10 Time and Crime,
72(5)
Charles Reasons
Part Four: Health Hazards, 77(14)
11 An Hour a Day (Could Keep the Doctor Away),
78(6)
Suzanne Schweikert
12 The (Bigger) Picture of Health,
84(7)
Stephen Bezruchka
Part Five: Environmental Consequences, 91(22)
13 Haste Makes Waste,
92(8)
David Wann
14 The Speed Trap,
100(7)
Robert Bernstein
15 On Time, Happiness, and Ecological Footprints,
107(6)
Tim Kasser and Kirk Warren Brown
Part Six: Historical and Cultural Perspectives, 113(20)
16 When We Had the Time,
114(9)
Benjamin Hunnicutt
17 Can America Learn from Shabbat?,
123(10)
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Part Seven: Taking Back Your Time, 133(12)
18 Enough-the Time Cost of Stuff,
134(5)
Vicki Robin
19 The Simple Solution,
139(6)
Cecile Andrews
Part Eight: Workplace Solutions, 145(40)
20 Jobs to Share,
146(8)
Carol Ostrom
21 A New Bottom Line,
154(6)
Irene Myers, Larry Gaffin, and Barbara Schramm
22 Working Retired,
160(7)
Beverly Goldberg
23 A Case for Sabbaticals,
167(5)
Bob Sessions and Lori Erickson
24 America Needs a Break,
172(6)
Karen Nussbaum, Christine Owens, and Carol Eicken
25 It Would be Good for Business Too,
178(7)
Sharon Lobel
Part Nine: Rethinking Patterns of Culture, 185(16)
26 Recipes for Relief,
186(7)
Anna Lappé
27 Time by Design,
193(8)
Linda Breen Pierce
Part Ten: Changing Public Policy, 201(26)
28 Europe's Work-Time Alternatives,
202(9)
Anders Hayden
29 A Policy Agenda for Taking Back Time,
211(8)
Jerome Segal
30 What's an Economy For?,
219(8)
David Korten
Appendices, 227(22)
A. Organizing Take Back Your Time Day in Your Community,
228(9)
Sean Sheehan
B. Teach-Ins and Study Circles,
237(6)
Cecile Andrews
C. How to Pitch (not Place) a Story,
243(6)
Eric Brown
References, 249(6)
Index, 255(10)
About the Authors, 265(4)
Art Credits, 269

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