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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 ...

Toward an Integrated Theory of Family Time
Toward an integrated theory of family time

Time permeates all values, decisions, and actions. When pace, schedules, and temporal conflicts are raised to the surface of consciousness, time shifts from being an embedded and hidden dimension of family experience to one that lies at the apex of all activity. In the family literature, much of the emphasis has been on the symptoms of underlying time problems: stress, work-family conflict, caregiving dilemmas involving both young children and aging parents, and strained marriages and parent-child relationships. To problematize time is to focus on time as the etiology of these family dilemmas. In keeping with this, it is necessary to look at both the patterns and the politics of family time. Time ...

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