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On any given night in living rooms across America, women gather for a fun girls’ night out to eat, drink, and purchase the latest products—from Amway to Mary Kay cosmetics. Beneath the party atmosphere lies a billion-dollar industry, Direct Home Sales (DHS), which is currently changing how women navigate work and family.

Drawing from numerous interviews with consultants and observations at company-sponsored events, Paid to Party takes a closer look at how DHS promises to change the way we think and feel about the struggles of balancing work and family. Offering a new approach to a flexible work model, DHS companies tell women they can, in fact, have it all and not feel guilty. In DHS, work time is not measured by the hands of the clock, but by the emotional fulfillment and fun it brings.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1 Creating a Feel-Good Business: Negotiating the Work–Family Pieces
  2. pp. 19-46
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  1. 2 From Temporal Acrobats to Architects: Flexibility Gets a Much-Needed Makeover
  2. pp. 47-67
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  1. 3 Out with the Old, In with the New: Changing How Women Feel about Work
  2. pp. 68-87
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  1. 4 The Girls’ Night Out: Social Time and Obligation
  2. pp. 88-106
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  1. 5 Let the Games Begin: The Importance of Playing Along
  2. pp. 107-126
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  1. 6 Just Not Buying It: Fielding Resistance to DHS
  2. pp. 127-147
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 148-156
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  1. Appendix A. Getting Our Own Party Started: Studying Direct Home Sales
  2. pp. 157-172
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  1. Appendix B. Interview Guide for DHS Consultants
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. References
  2. pp. 179-188
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 189-193
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813552156
Print ISBN
9780813551838
MARC Record
OCLC
821736001
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2012-10-01
Language
English
Open Access
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