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Family Time : The Social Organization of Care - Michael Bittman

Family Time

The Social Organization of Care

By: Michael Bittman (Editor), Nancy Folbre (Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th February 2004
ISBN: 9780415310109
Number Of Pages: 242

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Time is not money If anything, it is MORE important than money. 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. They show how social institutions limit the choices that individuals can make about how to divide their time between paid and unpaid work. They challenge conventional surveys that offer simplistic measure of time spent in childcare or elder care. They summarize empirical evidence concerning trends in time devoted to the care of family members and debate ways of assigning a monetary value to this time.
This important book is well researched, well thought through, and well written. It will be highly regarded amongst those interested in the sociology and economics of the family, as well as those with a general interest in gender studies.

Industry Reviews

"Eleven papers critically analyze the social organization of time devoted to the care of family members, especially young children and the elderly." -"Journal of Economic Literature, 12/2004

Michael Bittmanand Nancy Folbre Introduction
The Big Picture
Nancy Folbre The Misallocation of Time
Timothy Smeeding and Joseph Marchand Time Use and Public Policy
Using the Yardstick of Time to Capture Care
Michelle Budig and Nancy Folbre Activity, Proximity, or Responsibility?
Measuring parental child care time
Michael Bittman, Janet Fast, Kimberly Fisher and Cathy Thomson Making the Invisible Visible
The life and time(s) of informal caregivers
Valuing Child Care and Elder Care
Duncan Ironmonger Bringing Up Bobby and Betty
The inputs and outputs of child care time
Douglas Wolf Valuing Informal Elder Care
Parenting, Employment and the Pressures of Care
Michael Bittman, Lyn Craig and Nancy Folbre Packaging Care
What happens when children receive non-parental care?
Michael Bittman Parenting and Employment
What time-use surveys show
Michael Bittman and Judy Wacjman The Rush Hour
The quality of time and gender equity
International Comparisons
Shelley Pacholok and Anne Gauthier Dual Earner Families in Four Countries
Michael Bittman Parenthood Without Penalty Appendix
Details of National Australian Time Use Surveys Notes on Contributors
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415310109
ISBN-10: 0415310105
Series: Routledge Iaffe Advances in Feminist Economics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 26th February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.85  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1