This edition: Communication and the Work/Family Juggling Act
Focuses on the challenges and dilemmas that families face when they attempt to balance work and family. The class explores the problem of “overload”, the clash between personal and social norms, the problems posed by identity issues, and the challenge to developing a social network. Discussion also touches on the dynamics frequently experienced by couples as they try to share life roles and areas of responsibility. Hochschild's three ideological marital models – traditional, transitional, and egalitarian – are explained. Real-life advice is given by a couple that is successfully managing work and family obligations.
Featured interview: Professor Julia Wood (University of North Carolina) and Brian Cooper and Sharon Holyfield Cooper, a dual-career couple