Changing Times: Work and Leisure in Postindustrial Society

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byJonathan Gershuny

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Time allocation, whether considered at the level of the individual or of the society, is a major focus of public concern. Are our lives more congested with work than they used to be? Is society polarizing into groups which, on one side, have too much work and too little leisure time to spendtheir money in, and on the other have no paid work, and hence no money to pay for the goods and services they might wish to use during their leisure? Has the recent convergence in men's and women's labour market roles led to an unfair distribution of the totals of paid plus unpaid work? Theseissues, and others similar, once the preserve of a few specialist sociologists and economists, now appear daily and prominently across the news and entertainment media.Yet there is surprisingly little substantive evidence of how individuals and societies spend their time, and of how this has changed in the developed world over the recent past. This book brings together, for the first time, data gathered in some forty national scale 'time-diary' studies, fromtwenty countries, and covering the last third of the twentieth century. It examines the newly emerging political economy of time, in the light of new estimates of how time is actually spent, and of how this has changed, in the developed world.

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Time allocation, whether considered at the level of the individual or of the society, is a major focus of public concern. Are our lives more congested with work than they used to be? Is society polarizing into groups which, on one side, have too much work and too little leisure time to spendtheir money in, and on the other have no paid...

Jonathan Gershuny is Professor of Economic Sociology at Essex University. He is the Director of the university's Institute for Social and Economic Research, and responsible, among other longitudinal data-sets, for the British Household Panel Study. He was previously a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, and the Head of the School of S...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.64 inPublished:June 23, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. An Introduction, and a First Summary2. Work and Leisure: Historical Change in the Conditions of Life3. Are We Running out of Time?4. The Individual's and the Society's Day: Micro and Macro Theories of Time Use5. The History and Future of Time Use: Empirical Evidence6. Explaining Time Use7. A Concise Atlas of Time Use: 20 Countries, 33 Years' Change8. Time-Use Models of Economic Development9. Humane ModernizationAppendix 1. Telling the Time: Some Reflections on Time-Diary MethodologyJonathan Gershuny, Kimberly Fisher, Anne Gauthier, Sally Jones, and Patrick Baert: Appendix 2. A Longitudinal, Multinational Collection of Time-Use Data: The MTUS

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`A very interesting and enlightening look at our time and times.'American Journal of Sociology