Jones and Jones are husband-and-wife management consultants, and there's nothing wrong with their basic advice--but on the...

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TWO CAREERS--ONE MARRIAGE

Jones and Jones are husband-and-wife management consultants, and there's nothing wrong with their basic advice--but on the whole they deal in attitudinal overhaul to the neglect of down-to-earth practicalities. Discussing ""Children and Working Parents,"" for example, they review not childcare options, but parental role-playing alternatives: ""consultant"" parents are preferred to parents who use the child as ""tools"" to aid them in life. This would make sense, of course, even if neither parent worked; so one is left wondering what specific adjustments the two-career couple must make. They're all-too-theoretical too, in describing the available marriage ""types"": a career-oriented marriage in which public functions outweighs private needs is called a ""marriage of state,"" when all the Joneses really mean is that both partners make the bed when they can, and don't worry about it when they can't. The most threatening aspect of two-career marriages is seen as competition: the sex drive at home gets all mixed up with the power drive at the office, so that the confused couple may seek ""emotional gratification"" on the job and control in the home. Overall, then, a possible refuge for the confused; for specifics, try The Working Mother's Complete Handbook (1979) and others of that ilk.

Pub Date: April 1, 1980

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Publisher: Amacom

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1980