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Om tidens värde: En sociologisk studie av senmodernitetens temporala livsvärldar
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2010 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
About the value of time : A sociological study of the temporal life worlds of late modernity (English)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation explores the relationship between people’s conceptualisation and use of time in everyday life against the background of the political economy of the late modern welfare state. The main focus lies upon their evaluation of different time-uses in order to approach a better understanding of the moral economy of time. Special consideration is given to the role of commodification of time and the experience of time scarcity. Another topic investigated is the association of time with the striving for ecological sustainability in everyday live.

The study is based upon three empirical materials. The first one consists of a subset of Statistic Sweden’s time-use database for inhabitants of Stockholm. The other two materials are qualitative interview studies. One was conducted with 85 unemployed people in Sörmland and Jämtland, the other with 45 inhabitants of Stockholm. The interviewees in the latter study were asked to consider two options for the future of welfare politics in Sweden: increasing wages combined with the same work hours as today or a substantial decrease in working hours accompanied by stagnating wages.

Many interviewees consider time scarcity to be an important issue that needs to be integrated into the traditional concept of welfare. Time conflicts in everyday life, also regarding the choice of sustainable options, are solved with a certain moral flexibility still dominated by work ethics. Some interviewees try to articulate counter-images to the commodified concept of time by challenging traditional conceptions of the value of time and envision an ecological sound time use. These attempts draw attention to the importance of temporal commons such as vacations and also the need for a conscious time-politics in order to strengthen temporal welfare.

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Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2010. , 326 p.
Stockholm studies in sociology, ISSN 0491-0885 ; N.S., 43
Keyword [en]
time-use, value of time, temporal welfare, moral economy of time, temporal commons, sustainability
Keyword [sv]
tidsanvändning, tidens värde, tidsmässig välfärd, moralisk ekonomi, temporala allmänningar, uthållig utveckling
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-41734ISBN: 978-91-86071-44-8OAI: diva2:342854
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2010-09-30, hörsal 3, hus B, Universitetsvägen 10 B, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2010-09-08 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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