Gender and the politics of time: Feminist theory and by Valerie Bryson

By Valerie Bryson

Women's elevated function within the labour marketplace has mixed with issues in regards to the destructive results of lengthy operating hours to push time-related matters up the coverage schedule in lots of Western countries. This wide-ranging and obtainable ebook assesses coverage possible choices within the gentle of feminist concept and real proof. The booklet introduces mainstream principles at the nature and political value of time and re-frames them from a feminist point of view. It makes use of feminist analyses of women's event and use of time to supply a severe evaluation of rules in Western welfare states. subject matters coated comprise the influence of 'time poverty' on women's citizenship; gender transformations in time use and the way those are rewarded; the social meanings of time and even if those vary among men and women; and the function of the prior in framing coverage concepts this present day. The publication additionally explores: the importance of adjustments among ladies; the interconnected nature of private and non-private time; the price of time spent taking good care of others; the ideal to time for care; and, the makes use of and boundaries of time-use stories. The publication is vital analyzing for all these attracted to gender inequality, time-use or work/rest-of-life stability. it is going to be a useful source for college kids and lecturers in the course of the social sciences.

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However, although Putman has found that “Participation in politics is increasingly based on the cheque book, as money replaces time”, he does not see working hours or lack of time as the most critical factors, finding instead that those who appear busiest are also most likely to be socially and politically engaged, and that watching television “is the one activity most lethal to community involvement” (2000, pp 19, 40, 92). While the rhetoric of ‘time poverty’,‘time famine’ and ‘hurry sickness’ is now widely used, there is an ongoing debate as to whether leisure time in Western societies has in fact increased or decreased and what causal relationship this may have with the development of social networks and political engagement.

However, Chapter Two indicated that their equation of time with measurable, clock time is alien to some cultures while, as discussed later in Chapter Nine, time-use studies may be unable to capture patterns of time use particularly associated with women. A fuller discussion of temporal regimes would therefore go beyond measurable patterns of time use and the impact of state policies, to consider less tangible issues around the range of available temporal discourses and the extent to which societies acknowledge, value and support different kinds of time.

These arguments are at the heart of this book, and are discussed extensively in later chapters. At this point, it is important to note that, while contemporary policy debates around parental leave and flexible employment may appear to be just about the allocation of hours, they may also, as with the earlier struggles discussed by Thompson, represent a fight ‘against time’, that is, against the all-encompassing nature of commodified clock time. This in turn suggests that change is likely to be opposed by employers not only because it appears to threaten 33 Gender and the politics of time short-term profitability, but also because it represents a threat to the underlying temporal logic of capitalism and the market economy.

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