Dual Earners in Double Jeopardy: Preparing for Job Loss in the New Risk Economy

Stephen Sweet, Phyllis E Moen, Peter Meiksins

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Abstract

Both declining job security and the need for dual careers constitute two complicating factors in the lives of middle-class American families. Rarely, however, are these two phenomena investigated simultaneously. Drawing on both survey and in-depth interview data of a sample of middle-class couples in upstate New York, we document the pervasiveness of couple-level job insecurity, and the extents at-risk couples anticipate job loss and employers prepare workers for job termination. We argue that the new middle-class job insecurity is effectively doubled for dual-earner couples, reshaping the temporalities of career development across the life course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWorkplace Temporalities
PublisherJAI Press.
Pages439-463
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)0762312688, 9780762312689
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

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NameResearch in the Sociology of Work
Volume17
ISSN (Print)0277-2833

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Sweet, S., Moen, P. E., & Meiksins, P. (2007). Dual Earners in Double Jeopardy: Preparing for Job Loss in the New Risk Economy. In Workplace Temporalities (pp. 439-463). (Research in the Sociology of Work; Vol. 17). JAI Press.. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0277-2833(07)17014-X

Dual Earners in Double Jeopardy : Preparing for Job Loss in the New Risk Economy. / Sweet, Stephen; Moen, Phyllis E; Meiksins, Peter.

Workplace Temporalities. JAI Press., 2007. p. 439-463 (Research in the Sociology of Work; Vol. 17).

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Sweet, S, Moen, PE & Meiksins, P 2007, Dual Earners in Double Jeopardy: Preparing for Job Loss in the New Risk Economy. in Workplace Temporalities. Research in the Sociology of Work, vol. 17, JAI Press., pp. 439-463. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0277-2833(07)17014-X
Sweet S, Moen PE, Meiksins P. Dual Earners in Double Jeopardy: Preparing for Job Loss in the New Risk Economy. In Workplace Temporalities. JAI Press. 2007. p. 439-463. (Research in the Sociology of Work). https://doi.org/10.1016/S0277-2833(07)17014-X
Sweet, Stephen ; Moen, Phyllis E ; Meiksins, Peter. / Dual Earners in Double Jeopardy : Preparing for Job Loss in the New Risk Economy. Workplace Temporalities. JAI Press., 2007. pp. 439-463 (Research in the Sociology of Work).
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