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Time use in capitalist societies

Valerie Bryson

in Gender and the politics of time

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/9781861347503.003.0003
Time use in capitalist societies

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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

Chapter.  5573 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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