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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 ...

Intergenerational Politics of Family Time
Intergenerational politics of family time
Generations and Family Time

Generation is a term with a temporal essence that lies at the root of an intergenerational politics of time. More specifically, the parent-child relationship is the axis along which temporal norms are transmitted, stories of generations are passed on, and the meanings of the culture are both preserved and modified. To be born is to have parents, and to have parents is to be linked to the previous generation (Carr, 1986). Traditions, styles, ideals, and values are handed down through parents. Through generations, “families persist through time” in a way that is “different from the persistence of a thing but also from the temporal integrity of an individual” (Carr, 1986, p. 109). Generations ...

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