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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 ...

Gender Politics of Family Time
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 ...

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