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Gender and the politics of time

Valerie Bryson

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347503
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302391 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347503.001.0001
Gender and the politics of time

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Women's increased role in the labour market has combined with concerns about the damaging effects of long working hours to push time-related issues up the policy agenda in many Western nations. This book assesses policy alternatives in the light of feminist theory and factual evidence. It introduces mainstream ideas on the nature and political significance of time and re-frames them from a feminist perspective to provide a critical overview of policies in Western welfare states. Themes covered include gender differences in time use and the impact of ‘time poverty’ on women's citizenship; the need to value time spent giving and receiving care; the social meanings of time and whether we can talk about ‘women's time’ and ‘men's time’; and the role of the past in framing policy options today.

Keywords: labour market; long working hours; time-related issues; policy agenda; Western nations; policies; Western welfare states; gender differences; time use; time poverty

Book.  232 pages. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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Time use in capitalist societies in Gender and the politics of time

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Feminist politics and welfare states in Gender and the politics of time

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‘Women’s time’ in Gender and the politics of time

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