'Felling a list coming on': gender and the pace of life

Shaw, Jennifer (1998) 'Felling a list coming on': gender and the pace of life. Time & Society, 7 (2-3). 383 - 396. ISSN 0961-463X

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This research note explores the different meanings attached to the idea and experience of a fast pace of life. Based on material from the Mass-Observation Archive it argues that control over time is indicative of gender difference and that while largely the product of men and women's different positions vis-a-vis the labour market, there are also unconscious associations around gender and time which affect how successfully each sex manages to control time. Managing their time, like `reconciling' home and work, is felt to be harder for women than men because they are subject to the simultaneous but contradictory expectations to be both time-conscious and time-less. As a result, they tend to see a fast pace of life less positively than men.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: gender and time; mass-observation; pace of life
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:28
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2012 11:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31357
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