Restoring the Family
There’s No Place Like Work: How Business, Government, and Our Obsession
with Work Have Driven Parents From Home
by Brian C. Robertson
Dallas, Texas: Spence Publishing Company, 2000
(179 pages; $24.95, hardcover)
reviewed by Kevin J. Doyle
The mixed sex composition of today’s workforce is a commonplace reality, as few across the political spectrum question the presence of women in the paid professions. This social change has gained the force of law in the form of federal and state anti-discrimination statutes designed to encourage greater representation for women on the job. Our popular culture hails this phenomenon as an example of American progressivism. According to our society’s individualist ethos, personal self-fulfillment is paramount, and this goal is achieved in the workplace. Yet in the wake of disillusionment with the welfare system, school violence, and a soaring divorce rate, there is increasing debate over the amount of time Americans spend at work and the destructive effect this often has on families and children.
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