Time for Life
- Copyright: 1999
- Dimensions: 6 x 9
- Page Count: 424 pages Illustrations: 5 illustrations
- Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-01970-3 Second Edition
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“Time for Life, an outstanding work of scholarship that manages to be highly readable, demands the attention of everyone interested in what’s happening in today’s society.”
“Time for Life . . . is excellent fodder for lively classroom discussions, not only about family time use, but about the ontological and epistemological assumptions in the prevailing post-positivist paradigm of family science.”
“Regardless of where you stand on this issue, Robinson and Godbey's arguments and data make for very interesting reading and open a cultural window on American society. . . . This is a piece of scholarship that should be read and its conclusions contemplated by people well outside the readership of this journal. . . . Time for Life is good social science research that should appeal to a broad audience.”
“This is an important book that merits the attention it has received. Its main point is a well-constructed warning against an uncritical reliance on survey data and analysis that is far removed from the phenomena being investigated, however reputable the source.”
Is it possible that Americans have more free time than they did thirty years ago? While few may believe it, research based on careful records of how we actually spend our time shows that we average more than an hour more free time per day than in the 1960s. Time-use experts John P. Robinson and Geoffrey Godbey received national attention when their controversial findings were first published in 1997. Now the book is updated, with a new chapter that includes results of the 1995–1997 data from the Americans' Use of Time Project.
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