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Who's really time poor?

Family Matters, 0, 2011, Issue 87, pp.9-12 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Who's really time poor?
  • Author: Goodin, Robert
  • Contributor: Goodin, Robert (correspondence author)
  • Found In: Family Matters, 0, 2011, Issue 87, pp.9-12 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Time ; Mothers ; Methodology (Data Collection) ; Everyday Life ; Children ; Choices ; Australia ; Studies in Poverty; Studies in Poverty ; Article
  • Language: English
  • Description: Australia is blessed with time use data that constitute the gold standard worldwide. Social researchers make heavy use of that data, which helps us see important dimensions to social disadvantage that are elided by statistics reporting financial flows alone. People can be "time-poor", just as they can be "money-poor"; and those two groups are very often not the same. However, social researchers ought to take care in interpreting that data. In particular, people use their time in the way they do out of choice or out of necessity. In his keynote presentation to the 11th AIFS Conference, 2010, the author proposes a way of measuring how much time people strictly need to spend on various activities of daily life. He shows the importance of making this distinction by reference to groups that are the most and the least advantaged, in terms of this measure of "discretionary time". A person in a dual-income household without children and a lone mother would appear to be equally time-poor on naive time use measures of "free time". But they lie at the very opposite ends of the spectrum when time use is calibrated in terms of our measure of needs-based "discretionary time" instead. Adapted from the source document.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1030-2646

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