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Gender and the politics of timeFeminist theory and contemporary debates$
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Valerie Bryson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347503

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347503.001.0001

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Time culture(s) and the social nature of time

Time culture(s) and the social nature of time

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(p.23) Two Time culture(s) and the social nature of time
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Gender and the politics of time
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Valerie Bryson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347503.003.0002

The idea that time has variable meanings leads into this chapter's more detailed discussion of time cultures and the establishment of the commodified clock time of capitalist societies. While this operates as a form of control on a global scale, the chapter also finds that ‘other’ times persist, and that resisting the dominant time culture can be an important political act. It also considers Emile Durkheim's views on the social functions of time, traditional to modern time, modern time to postmodern times, issues of power and control, and resisting capitalist time.

Keywords:   time culture, commodified clock time, capitalist society, capitalist time, Emile Durkheim

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