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The time(s) we want and the time(s) we’ve got: political implications and conclusions

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/9781861347503.003.0010
The time(s) we want and the time(s) we’ve got: political implications and conclusions

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This chapter brings together the theoretical and empirical findings of earlier chapters to outline the main features of a feminist temporal utopia or ‘uchronia’. It provides a contrasting assessment of existing time cultures and temporal orientations in contemporary Western welfare states, and a comparative summary and discussion of policies around working time and caring responsibilities. The chapter identifies some forces for progressive change while recognising the likely strength of opposition. It concludes by restating the book's central argument: that the politics of time should be at the heart of feminism and that the feminist politics of time highlights political issues which are of profound importance for all.

Keywords: feminist temporal utopia; time cultures; temporal orientations; Western welfare states; caring responsibilities; politics of time; feminism

Chapter.  6951 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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