Easy Living
216 pages, 6 x 9
27 b-w, 3 color images
Release Date:17 Jul 2020
Release Date:17 Jul 2020
$150.00 Back Order
Ships in 4-6 weeks.

Easy Living

The Rise of the Home Office

Rutgers University Press
How did Americans come to believe that working at home is feasible, productive, and desirable? Easy Living examines how the idea of working within the home was constructed and disseminated in popular culture and mass media during the twentieth century. Through the analysis of national magazines and newspapers, television and film, and marketing and advertising materials from the housing, telecommunications, and office technology industries, Easy Living traces changing concepts about what it meant to work in the home. These ideas reflected larger social, political-economic, and technological trends of the times. Elizabeth A. Patton reveals that the notion of the home as a space that exists solely in the private sphere is a myth, as the social meaning of the home and its market value in relation to the public sphere are intricately linked.
This easy to read, fun, and unique book approaches discourses on work/life in a way that no one has before. Elizabeth Fish Hatfield, editor of Communication and the Work-Life Balancing Act
Patton draws on an impressive array of archival sources to demonstrate how communication technologies and architectural design have constructed ideals about working at home. Her nuanced historical analysis importantly reveals that our contemporary struggles over work/life balance are not new. Amy Corbin, author of Cinematic Geographies and Multicultural Spectatorship in America
Remote Work Won’t Save Us: The home office was never designed to give workers more freedom. The pandemic has only made it worse,' by Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein
The New Republic
Easy Living: The Rise of the Home Office [is] a piece of engaging and prescient scholarship which, especially at the present moment, makes a valuable contribution to now central and ongoing global debates about what working from home has meant, means now, and might mean in the future. Visual Studies
ELIZABETH A. PATTON is an assistant professor of media and communication studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the co-editor of Home Sweat Home: Perspectives on Housework and Modern Relationships.
Find what you’re looking for...
My alt text
Stay Informed

Receive the latest UBC Press news, including events, catalogues, and announcements.

Read past newsletters
Current Catalogue
Spring 2021 catalogue cover featuring a beige background and drawings of houses in a variety of colours
Publishers Represented
UBC Press is the Canadian agent for several international publishers. Visit our Publishers Represented page to learn more.