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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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‘Women’s time’

‘Women’s time’

(p.121) Eight ‘Women’s time’
Gender and the politics of time

Valerie Bryson

Policy Press

This chapter develops Chapter Two's discussion of the social nature of time to consider whether women's bodies and/or social roles give rise to a specifically female ‘time culture’ and, if so, the place of such ‘women's time’ in patriarchal capitalist societies. It rejects any claim that ‘women's time’ and ‘men's time’ can be seen as closed and exclusive categories. However, the chapter agrees with those writers who argue that women's traditional roles and responsibilities give rise to temporal rhythms and needs that are often in conflict with the logic of commodified clock time to which they are often forced to conform. It also finds that the inappropriate imposition of clock time on caring work and relationships can be damaging and counter-productive.

Keywords:   time's social nature, women's bodies, women's time, women's traditional roles, commodified clock time

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