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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 use in capitalist societies

Time use in capitalist societies

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(p.35) Three Time use in capitalist societies
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Gender and the politics of time
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Valerie Bryson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347503.003.0003

This chapter looks at how people spend their time in capitalist societies today. Focusing first on free time as a scarce resource, it considers how this should be distributed and whether citizens' lack of time is damaging political life, before exploring recent research on ‘time-use regimes’. The final section considers whether long-hours working is an inevitable product of capitalist competition or whether it can be resisted; despite the increased pressures of global competition, it finds some grounds for optimism.

Keywords:   capitalist societies, time spending, free time, political life, global competition, long working hours

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