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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 ...

Controlling Family Time
Controlling family time

The idea that family time can be controlled rests on the assumption that, like productive time, family time is broken down into a set of quantifiable, objectified units that can be socially controlled. Whereas industrialization separated work time and free time, in our postmodern culture, time has been fragmented into many domains that are shaped by the forces of globalization, consumerism, the mass media, and the daily dispersion of individual family members into their own routines. Nevertheless, clocks and schedules objectify all aspects of time, and as a result, time is subject to control through relations of power.

At the most fundamental level, individuals seek to gain some level of control over their daily experience of time and their own passage ...

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