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Book Reading: Unequal Time: Gender, Class, and Family in Employment Schedules

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In Unequal Time, the authors explore the ways in which social inequalities permeate the workplace, reverberating through a web of time in which the schedules of one person shape the schedules of others in ways that exemplify and often exacerbate differences between men and women, the privileged and disadvantaged. They argue that workers’ control over their time is a crucial labor issue that deserves more attention. “Most the conversation about inequality is about wages—and that’s a really important discussion,” says Gerstel. “But time is a key way to talk about inequality.”  For “Unequal Time,” Gerstel and Clawson studied four professions within what they call the medical-health sector: doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Their research emphasizes how class and gender impact who has the most control over their regular work schedules and time off.

Professors Clawson and Gerstel will discuss their book, followed by a moderated discussion. An informal reception will be held after the reading. Please RSVP here.

(excerpts from Miriam Zoila Perez, Color Lines – News for Action and Russell Sage press)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 4:00pm
Commonwealth Honors College, Room 160, UMass Amherst
Free and open to the public

Dr. Dan Clawson and Dr. Naomi Gerstel

Registration Info: Please RSVP here