Ways of Living: Work, Community and Lifestyle Choice

Hardcover | December 15, 2009

EditorPaul Blyton, Betsy Blunsdon, Ken Reed

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The debate surrounding work-life balance has increasingly recognized the need to study the factors influencing lifestyle, or ways of living, within a broader context than has often been the case hitherto. This international collection explores aspects of lifestyle and identity, societal influences on ways of living, the relevance of social networks and geographic communities for lifestyle choices, and the significance of organisational policies and practices for lifestyle outcomes. In so doing, it broadens the focus of current debates and presents recent research findings collected in a range of different national, organizational and community settings. Findings from a variety of research approaches are discussed, ranging from in-depth interviews to analysis of cross-national data. Overall the collection points to the value of exploring the broader contexts within which the relationship between work and non-work lives are located.

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The debate surrounding work-life balance has increasingly recognized the need to study the factors influencing lifestyle, or ways of living, within a broader context than has often been the case hitherto. This international collection explores aspects of lifestyle and identity, societal influences on ways of living, the relevance of so...

PAUL BLYTON is Professor of Industrial Relations and Industrial Sociology at Cardiff Business School, and a Research Associate in the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) at Cardiff University, UK.   BETSY BLUNSDON is a Senior Lecturer in Management at Deakin University, Victoria, ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.63 × 5.6 × 0.99 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230202284

ISBN - 13:9780230202283

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Table of Contents

Social Change and Ways of Living: An Introduction; B.Blunsdon, K.Reed, P.Blyton & A.Dastmalchian

PART I: LIFESTYLE AND IDENTITY
An Analysis of Time Use to Reveal National Differences in Lifestyle Patterns; K.Reed & G.Cucumel
Households, Work, Time Use and Energy Consumption; S.McEachern
Longer to Launch: Demographic Changes in Life-Course Transitions; R.A.Venne
Fortunate Lives: Professional Careers, Social Position and Life Choices; T.Castleman & R.Reed
Live to Work or Work to Live? The Search for Work-life Balance in 21st Century Japan; T.Craig

PART II: COMMUNITY
Personal Communities and Lifestyle: The Role of Family, Friends and Neighbours; B.Blunsdon & N.McNeil
To Downshift or Not to Downshift? Why People Make and Don't Make Decisions to Change Their Lives; C.Goulding & K.Reed
Ways of Life after Redundancy: Anatomy of a Community Following Factory Closure; P.Blyton & J.Jenkins

PART III: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONS
What Do (and Don't) We Know About Part-Time Professional Work?; V.Corwin
Work Values, Across Cultures: The Role of Affect and Job Outcomes Among Young Executives in Canada, Iran and Turkey; H.Kabasakal, P.Imer & A.Dastmalchian
Designing for Well-Being: The Role of the Physical Work Environment; C.Steinke, R.Kurosawa & A.Dastmalchian
Shifting Responsibility for Health and Healthy Lifestyles: Exploring Canadian Trends; Angela Downey, A.Dastmalchian, H.Kelley, D.Sharp & K.D'Agnone