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What is family time and what value do we place on it? How many families today have time to be families? How do families view, use, and seek to control time, and how successful are they at it? Caught between a public world speeding along on information superhighways and their own private desire to preserve the family as a rest stop, family members look for new and efficient ways to protect, control, and manage their time. The concept of time is central to the study of families and is used in several different ways: families have changed through history, families experience the passage of time as they age over the life course, and families negotiate time for being together. Families & Time is the first ...

Conceptualizations of Time
Conceptualizations of time

We spend a regular portion of our lives asking the question “What time is it?” We expect and usually receive a relatively precise answer. By contrast, we do not usually scramble the words in the question and ask “What is time?” for we are unlikely to get the kind of straightforward answer that would allow us to move forward, in an uninterrupted fashion, with our daily routine. In fact, asking the latter question lays open the possibility of a kind of phenomenological crisis where the very core of experience and activity is called into question. To question time itself is to question a human construct that undergirds the way that we define reality.

The usually unproblematic nature of the question “What ...

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