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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 ...

The Experience of Family Time in Historical Perspective
The experience of family time in historical perspective

History is itself a temporal concept. Although there are many scholarly debates about what history is, three models will be discussed here in relation to family time. These include traditional or grand narrative approaches to history; dynamic models that are concerned with the active intertwining of individuals and families with their historical milieu; and postmodern ideas that are critical of metanarratives and instead focus on globalization, diversity, and the pace of change.

Grand Narrative Views of History

Our traditional beliefs about the nature of history are perhaps best represented by the “march of time” metaphor. The history of the world can be conceptualized as a series of dated, critical events that have ...

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