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Time-rich and time-poor living conditions: Balancing time and income in everyday life
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of the Sustaining  Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009, Campus Norrköping, Sweden, linköping, 2010, Vol. 38, no 28, 171-182 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the division of work and private life in a Swedish community. An interview study sheds some light on the diversity of time frames experienced by people living inside and outside the labour market. It examines in which way this duality is paving the way for new patterns of inequality. The purpose is to explore the living conditions of two groups in society: the time-poor who are established in the labour force that experience great demands on their efficiency and educational level and the time-rich who do not have a natural place in the labour market. People experience an unbalanced division of time and resources not only in work situations but also in everyday life in the home and in leisure time. The time-rich can experience having small margins partly due to a lack of social networks and social recognition, while the time-poor experience it due to multiple and unwieldy social roles in and outside labour market. Society has tried to cope with these two different problems in completely different ways, although both problems are related to income, one through salaried work and the other through income support. The results do not only exhibit the polarizing tendencies in terms of time and income. There are also similar differences concerning social participation. Time-rich people have a hard time finding alternative social networks outside the labour market. At the same time, many life course changes that require both a lot of time and a lot of money occur in time-poor living conditions. A restriction analyses, inspired by the time geographical approach, shows a diversity of time patterns and timespace restrictions between different life forms in everyday life. When the individuals’ whole life situation is taken into consideration, the diversity of time patterns creates restrictions that oppose strategies for work/life balance in everyday life.

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linköping, 2010. Vol. 38, no 28, 171-182 p.
, Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, ISSN ISSN 1650-3740 ; 38
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Social Sciences
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Social Sciences, Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-17798OAI: diva2:506392
Everyday Life Conference

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