Work time : conflict, control and change / Cynthia L. Negrey.
The author presents an overview of the evolution and current state of work-time mostly in the United States. She argues that work-time is highly relevant because of the way it structures our lives. She argues that work-time is socially constructed and attends to how a number of technological and political factors have shaped why people work the times they do. She also argues that work-time currently is massively ill-distributed, leading to various forms of insecurity and inequality, and in this Great Recession can be a lightning rod for social change. After her introduction, she considers the evolution of time before and after the development of the modern clock, the question of work-time reduction in US history, current trends in annual and weekly hours, nonstandard work, work-family and work-life balance schemes, examples of work-time outside of the US, and finally a chapter arguing for a new political economy of work-time.