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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

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

Valerie Bryson

Policy Press

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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