Home and Work : Negotiating Boundaries Through Everyday Life
LJ Reviews 1996 April
How do you draw the line between work duties and home life? Sociologist Nippert-Eng explores this question in her fascinating research, which reveals the many symbolic and practical boundaries humans set up to distinguish these two important roles in life. She presents a theory of "boundary work," exemplified by the use of symbolic separation, transformational activities, and an explanation of the struggle we face as we deal with constraints from the work environment as well as from home that pull and tug at us for all our attention. The author's research is substantial, including extensive interviews with 72 willing participants from a research laboratory. While the question of how to balance all these difficult responsibilities and yet live a meaningful life will appeal to many readers, this is nevertheless a highly specialized dissertation suitable for major university libraries supporting a graduate sociology curriculum. Wait for a more "user-friendly" version to hit the self-help shelves.?Dale Farris, Groves, Tex. Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.