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Chapter 7: Gender Politics of Family Time
The acceleration of time and its accompanying scarcity has resulted in an inflation of the value of time. Not only has time become more precious, but it has become more contentious. This is especially the case in the gender politics of time. As both women and men struggle for a sense of balance in both public and private domains, issues of entitlement to personal time, commitment to work and family, and access to traditional privileges boil to the surface.
There are many conflicts that men and women experience over time. Power and control over time are rooted in the values that are assigned to time through family responsibilities, money, position, and status. As Coser (1974) pointed out ...