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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 Politics of Time between Families and Society
The politics of time between families and society

To speak of controlling time is to speak about the politics of time. A politics of time is primarily concerned with the interpersonal and systemic dynamics of power as it comes to bear on time. The politics of time is ubiquitous, for no one can ever escape the “pincers of time” and “each moment of life creates a play between the restraints and opportunities jointly offered by time” (D. F. Miller, 1993, p. 193). Families living in time compression are tyrannized by the escalating demands of a tightly scheduled clock culture and seduced by the burgeoning need for time efficiency. Caught at the nexus between a public world that is ...

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