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Class, gender and time poverty : a time use analysis of British workers' free time resources

Chatzitheochari, Stella and Arber, Sara (2012) Class, gender and time poverty : a time use analysis of British workers' free time resources. British Journal of Sociology, 63 (3). pp. 451-471. ISSN 0007-1315. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Free time, that is, the time that remains at one's own discretion after conducting daily work and personal care activities, has been previously recognized as a ‘primary good’ and an important welfare resource that provides opportunities for participation in social life and leisure. However, recent years have witnessed an increasing preoccupation with the phenomenon of time poverty, drawing attention to the distribution of free time and its relationship to structural and family circumstances. In this article we propose a novel approach to the measurement of time poverty and document its occurrence amongst British workers. In line with previous literature, a conceptualization of time poverty as a relative lack of free time resources vis-à-vis other members of the community is adopted. However, unlike previous empirical studies, we investigate the differential configuration of time poverty on weekdays and weekend days, alongside indicators of the quality of free time, taking into account insights from theoretical and empirical work within the field of the sociology of time. Our analysis of the 2000 UK Time Use Survey highlights class and gender inequalities that have been missed by previous measurement approaches and demonstrates that, overall, working women experience multiple and more severe free time constraints, which may constitute an additional barrier for their leisure and social participation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Quantitative Social Science
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 11:39
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:00
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