Time for Life: The Surprising Ways Americans Use Their Time

Time for Life: The Surprising Ways Americans Use Their Time

by John Robinson
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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.”

—Edward Cornish, The Futurist

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.”

—Alan J. Hawkins and Jeffrey Hill, Journal of Marriage and the Family

“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.”

Journal of Communication

“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.”

Leisure Sciences

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271019703
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
RE-Reading the Canon Series
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

John P. Robinson is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Americans' Use of Time Project at the Survey Research Center at the University of Maryland. He is the senior author of several books dealing with the use of time and the quality of life, including The Rhythm of Everyday Life: How Soviet and American Citizens Use Time (1988) and How Americans Use Time (1977).

Geoffrey Godbey is Professor of Leisure Studies at Penn State University. His most recent book is Leisure in Your Life: An Exploration, 5th Edition (1999).

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