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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 and temporality in feminist political thought

Time and temporality in feminist political thought

(p.99) Seven Time and temporality in feminist political thought
Gender and the politics of time

Valerie Bryson

Policy Press

This chapter links recent feminist work on the multiple and fluid nature of human time to feminist rejections of dichotomy. It identifies the changing temporal assumptions that underlie feminist theory itself and the role of history in feminist politics. Revisiting Marx, Giddens, and Pierson, the discussion finds that changes in the material conditions in which people produce and reproduce are combining with the cumulative effects of small-scale changes in attitudes and behaviour both to open up the possibility of more egalitarian patterns of time use between women and men and to make current arrangements increasingly unviable. The result could be a paradigm shift in welfare policy to recognise the importance of the work traditionally done by women while seeking to share it with men.

Keywords:   human time, dichotomy, feminist theory, feminist politics, egalitarian patterns, time use, welfare policy, Karl Marx, Anthony Giddens

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