Social Activity and The Country House
My informants differ greatly from one another in the ways they deal with the many aspects of life and career. So do they differ when it comes to their social activities, whether business entertaining or socializing with family and friends. They all have to fit their activities, work and nonwork, into the twenty-four hours of the day. To maintain their success, they have to do a certain number of things under their own steam; others are done with the help of others. Priorities are idiosyncratic. Many women say that socializing is one of the first things to be cut drastically when the children are born, a statement I accept with reservations. What seems like a large amount of activity to one career woman may seem like nothing to another. It is with this in mind that I will look at my informants' social activity.
The more work-focused person will, of course, do more business entertaining than others. Some do both business and personal entertaining at home. Others concentrate on family and friends in their off-work activities and do their business entertaining at breakfast and lunch.
It may be instructive to look first at a woman who seems to be at the far end of the spectrum in terms of activities