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The tumbleweed society : working and caring in an age of insecurity

Author: Allison J Pugh
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We live in a tumbleweed society, where job insecurity is rampant and widely seen as inevitable. Companies are transforming the way they organize work. While new working conditions offer gains for some workers, others lose out. Home life offers little respite: while diverse types of families are more accepted than ever before, stability is increasingly lacking in our intimate lives. In The Tumbleweed Society,
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allison J Pugh
ISBN: 9780199957712 0199957711
OCLC Number: 878299469
Description: xi, 262 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Managing the Unrequited Contract --
New Economy Winners and the Moral Wall --
The Imperative of Detachment --
The Knots of Duty --
The Giving Trees --
The Stable Oasis --
Duty and the Flexible Child --
The Coral Society --
Epilogue: The tumbleweed society --
Acknowledgments --
Appendix A: Commitment Talk.
Responsibility: Allison J. Pugh.

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