Family Time: The Social Organization of Care by Michael BittmanFamily Time: The Social Organization of Care by Michael Bittman

Family Time: The Social Organization of Care

EditorMichael Bittman, Nancy Folbre

Paperback | February 26, 2004

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The time we have to care for one another, especially for our children and our elderly, is more precious to us than anything else in the world. Yet we have more experience accounting for money than we do for time.  In this volume, leading experts in analysis of time use from across the globe explore the interface between time use and family policy. The contributors:

* show how social institutions limit the choices that individuals can make about how to divide their time between paid and unpaid work
* challenge conventional surveys that offer simplistic measures of time spent in childcare or elder care
* summarize empirical evidence concerning trends in time devoted to the care of family members
* debate ways of assigning a monetary value to this time.

This informative and enlightening book is well researched, well thought through and well written.  An important read for students of feminist economics, sociology and gender studies, the contributors here argue that time is not money, in fact time is more important than money.

Nancy Folbreis Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and staff economist with the Centre for Popular Economics. Amongst other books she has written isWho Pays for the Kids?also published by Routledge.Michael Bittmanis Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia, chair of the Uni...
Title:Family Time: The Social Organization of CareFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.4 inPublished:February 26, 2004Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415310105

ISBN - 13:9780415310109

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1: The Big Picture1. The Misallocation of Time 2. Time Use and Public PolicyPart 2: Using the Yardstick of Time to Capture Care3. Proximity, or Responsibility?: Measuring Parental Child Care Time 4. Making the Invisible Visible: The Life and Time(s) of Informal CaregiversPart 3: Valuing Child Care and Elder Care5. Bringing Up Bobby and Betty: The Inputs and Outputs of Child Care Time 6. Valuing Informal Elder CarePart 4: Parenting, Employment and the Pressures of Care7. Packaging Care: What Happens When Children Receive Non-Parental Care? 8. Parenting and Employment: What Time-Use Surveys Show 9. The Rush Hour: The Quality of Time and Gender EquityPart 5: International Comparisons10. Dual Earner Families in Four Countries 11. Parenthood Without Penalty