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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 Social Construction of Time in Families
The social construction of time in families

A social constructionist perspective on time begins with the notion that our understanding of time is shaped by our cultural experience of time. In other words, time can be understood by examining the way that people experience the passage of time through their social and organizational behavior. What are the ways that they experience events and actions through time? What are the definitions that they bring to the passage of events and the relationships between changing events? What are the images and metaphors that they use to conceptualize time? A social constructionist position on time embraces the idea that time is “neither objectively given as ‘real’ time nor subjectively inaccessible to others ...

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