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 wide-ranging and accessible book assesses policy alternatives in the light of feminist theory and factual evidence.
The book 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.
The book is essential reading for all those interested in gender
inequality, time-use or work/rest-of-life balance. It will be an invaluable resource for students and academics throughout the social sciences.
Valerie Bryson is Professor of Politics at the University of Huddersfield. She has published widely in the area of feminist political theory.
Introduction: Part one: Time, politics and society: mainstream perspectives: Time, temporality and political thought; Time culture(s) and the social nature of time; Time use in capitalist society; Part two: Feminist perspectives: reframing the issues: Women and men in feminist political thought; Pubic and private in feminist political thought; Feminist politics and welfare states; Part three: Towards a feminist politics of time: Time and temporality in recent feminist thought; 'Women's time'; Women and time use in contemporary capitalist societies; The time(s) we want and the time(s) we've got: political implications and conclusions.
"In this engaging book, Valerie Bryson expertly develops a feminist politics of time based on principles of justice rather than profitability. This is a book that should be read by anyone concerned with the damage that is being done to women, men and children as a consequence of our current practices of work and consumption." Professor Rosemary Crompton, Department of Sociology, City University