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

Stephen Sweet, Phyllis Moen, Peter Meiksins

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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
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)0762312688, 9780762312689
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

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

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (#96-6-9, 99-6-23, 2002-6-8, B2001-50).

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