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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Workplace Temporalities|
|Number of pages||25|
|ISBN (Print)||0762312688, 9780762312689|
|State||Published - 2007|
|Name||Research in the Sociology of Work|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (#96-6-9, 99-6-23, 2002-6-8, B2001-50).