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Aug 31, 2003 | ISBN 9781576752456

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“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 Gedicks, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Table Of Contents


Part One: Overwork in America
1 The Even More) Overworked American, Juliet Schor
2 An Issue for Everybody, Barbara Brandt
3 The Incredible Shrinking Vacation, Joe Robinson
4 Forced Overtime in the Land of the Free, Lonnie Golden

Part Two: Time is a Family Value
5 Overscheduled Kids, Underconnected Families, William Doherty and Barbara Carlson
6 Recapturing Childhood, Betsy Taylor
7 What about Fluffy and Fido?, Camilla H. Fox

Part Three: The Cost to Civil Society,
8 Wasted Work, Wasted Time, Jonathan Rowe
9 Time to be a Citizen, Paul Loeb
10 Time and Crime, Charles Reasons

Part Four: Health Hazard
11 An Hour a Day Could Keep the Doctor Away, Suzanne Schweiker
12 The (Bigger) Picture of Health, Stephen Bezruchka

Part Five: Environmental Consequences
13 Haste Makes Waste, David Wann
14 The Speed Trap, Robert Bernstein
15 On Time, Happiness, and Ecological Footprints, Tim Kasser and Kirk Warren Brown

Part Six: Historical and Cultural Perspectives
16 When We Had the Time, Benjamin Hunnicutt
17 Can America Learn from Shabbat?, Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Part Seven: Taking Back Your Time
18 Enough–the Time Cost of Stuff, Vicki Robin
19 The Simple Solution, Cece Andrews

Part Eight: Workplace Solutions
20 Jobs to Share, Carol Ostrom
21 A New Bottom Line, Irene Myers, Larry Gaffin, and Barbara Schramm
22 Working Retired, Beverly Goldberg
23 A Case for Sabbaticals, Bob Sessions and Lori Erickson
24 America Needs a Break, Karen Nussbaum, Christine Owens, and Carol Eickert
25 It Would be Good for Business Too, Sharon Lobel

Part Nine: Rethinking Patterns of Culture
26 Recipes for Relief, Anna Lappe
27 Time by Design, Linda Breen Pierce

Part Ten: Changing Public Policy
28 Europe's Work-Time Alternatives, Anders Hayden
29 A Policy Agenda for Taking Back Time, Jerome Segal
30 What's an Economy For?, David Korten
A. Organizing Take Back Your Time Day in Your Community, Sean Sheehan
B. Teach-Ins and Study Circles, Cecile Andrews
C. How to Pitch (not Place) a Story, Eric Brown
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