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Chapter 5: Controlling Family Time
The idea that family time can be controlled rests on the assumption that, like productive time, family time is broken down into a set of quantifiable, objectified units that can be socially controlled. Whereas industrialization separated work time and free time, in our postmodern culture, time has been fragmented into many domains that are shaped by the forces of globalization, consumerism, the mass media, and the daily dispersion of individual family members into their own routines. Nevertheless, clocks and schedules objectify all aspects of time, and as a result, time is subject to control through relations of power.
At the most fundamental level, individuals seek to gain some level of control over their daily experience of time and their own passage ...