From Library Journal
Based on "time diaries" kept by a cross section of Americans, this report of how we spend our time concludes that we define ourselves primarily by our work. We are a "rushed" people who believe that "to do nothing is to be nothing"; the distinction between free time (which is increasing) and work time thus becomes blurred, and Americans more and more see their leisure time in the context of their work milieu. Robinson (director of the Americans' Use of Time Project at the University of Maryland) and Godbey (leisure studies, Pennsylvania State Univ.) focus on how Americans spend this "free-time," analyzing what variables?age, gender, race, education, role (parent, marital status, living alone), biology?are most dominant in determining this. Surprisingly, they find that gender and race are less important than role factors. Graphs and charts help readers make sense of a large amount of data, but the text is a mixed bag?a combination of definitive conclusions, pop sociology generalizations, and loaded sociological jargon. Still, it contains a solid base of sociological data, making it useful for larger collections.?Jack Forman, Mesa Coll. Lib., San Diego
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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. --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