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Chapter 6: The Politics of Time between Families and Society

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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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