Through in-depth interviews Work, Family, and Leisure: Uncertainty in a Risk Society explores the life plans of advanced law and MBA students for work, family, and leisure. The study is contextualized by four ongoing late-twentieth century social transformations, which include the new individualism, the gender revolution, the rise of dual-career couples, and growing employment uncertainty. It explores how they envision integrating these three life domains, and where they hope to find meaning and satisfaction as well as a sense of community.
Robert M. Orrange is an associate professor of sociology at Eastern Michigan University. He was formerly a postdoctoral associate at the Cornell Employment and Family Careers Institute. Prior to entering academia, he was an operations manager for a Fortune 500 company. He is currently at work on the forthcoming Individuals and Organizations: A Pragmatist-Weberian Synthesis.
Chapter 1 Introduction: How Do We Manage the Uncertainty of It All? Chapter 2 The Social Context: Mapping the Terrain of Our Transformed Social Landscape Chapter 3 Work: The 'Big Time' Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be Chapter 4 Family: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same Chapter 5 Leisure: It's 'All in the Family' Chapter 6 Finding Meaning: Keep the Home Fires Burning Chapter 7 Conclusions: Risk Society Meets the Life Politics of Neoliberalism