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Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America
Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America
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Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America

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Author: De Graaf, John

Brand: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Edition: 1

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  • ISBN13: 9781576752456
  • Condition: New
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Number Of Pages: 250

Details: Product Description Forget oil or gold time is the most precious commodity in America today. Americans have less free time than anyone else in the industrialized world. In fact, modern Americans work longer hours than medieval peasants Here, well known experts and writers explore the effects of overwork, over-scheduling, time pressure and stress on our health, relationships, children, the environment, and more. These renowned authors come together to support a national movement to Take Back Your Time, and they propose personal corporate, and legislative solutions. Take Back Your Time is the official handbook of the national movement behind Take Back Your Time Day. Ultimately, lake Back Your Time Day organizers plan to institute public policies that put work in its rightful place and allow us all to live richer, fuller, more well-rounded lives. From Publishers Weekly Touted as the official handbook of Take Back Your Time Day (a national event to be held on October 24, 2003), this compilation of expert views on America's battles against "time poverty" pulls out all the stops with its 30 powerful essays. De Graaf, author of Affluenza and TBYT Day's national coordinator, introduces each piece with background on its author and anecdotes drawn from his career as a teacher, documentary television producer and leader in public policy groups. The contributors, who range from economists and policymakers to activists and clergy, describe the problems of the 24/7 lifestyle: rising health care costs, diminishing family time, etc. In "The Simple Solution," Cecile Andrews admonishes readers to give up "obsessive multitasking." ("Think of the things you've seen people do while they're driving-putting on makeup, changing clothes, eating cereal, nursing a baby, reading the newspaper, and of course, jabbering on cell phones.") In "Can America Learn from Shabbat?", Rabbi Arthur Waskow argues that "there are deep human needs for rest and reflection, for family time and community time" and laments that "economic and cultural pressures are grinding those deep human needs under foot." Other authors suggest that the lethal consequences of overwork result in road rage, repetitive stress injuries, health problems, fast food mania, an increase in the working retired, inadequate child supervision, and even a proliferation of dog-walkers. De Graf also includes essays that help readers find ways to take time to be a citizen, retrieve shrinking vacation periods, cease the time-consuming pursuit of "stuff" and engage in job sharing, sabbaticals and other strategies. Illuminating and even surprising (e.g., the average American labors 350 more hours per year than his western European counterpart), this book should sell particularly well in areas were the "simplicity" movement is popular. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review “Take Back Your Time is a call to action for all of US who believe that the aim of a society is to benefit its people, not to maximize profits.” --John Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO “This book is not about time, really; it's about power. It's about realizing our own power to be in control, not slaves to inexorable economic forces. Read this book and take a long deep sigh of relief.” --Frances Moore Lappe, author of Hope's Edge and Diet for a Small Planet “Take Back Your Time documents how Americans hurried, harried lifestyles use more natural resources, generate more waste, and leave less time to care for the Earth we all share. The world and its inhabitants would breathe easier indeed if we were to slow our breathless pace.” –-Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day founder, former U.S. Sen and author of Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise “…makes a compelling case for the direct relationship between overwork and a host of critical social problems from physical and emotional stress to overconsumption of resources, environmental degradation and declining levels of civic participation. A tour de force!” --Al Gedick

EAN: 9781576752456

Release Date: 31-08-2003

Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.0 x 0.7 inches

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback