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Self-help books on avoiding time shortage
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
2005 (English)In: Time & Society, ISSN 0961-463X, E-ISSN 1461-7463, Vol. 14, no 2-3, 213-230 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Self-help books are tokens of our reflexive individualized society. The widespread experience of too high a pace in daily life and too little time for recovery and for social relations have resulted in books focusing on avoiding time shortage. In our analysis of the advice in such books we found time-management categories such as streamlining activities and buying services. Other identified categories focus on life-management strategies such as setting limits to time-consuming aspirations. Questioning personal aspirations in areas such as work and consumption appears to be an adequate way of avoiding time shortage and increasing one's quality of life but this is also a challenging task due to the importance most people attach to these areas for identity creation and social acceptance.

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2005. Vol. 14, no 2-3, 213-230 p.
Keyword [en]
life management, self-help books, time management, time pressure, time use, work-life balance
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-38450DOI: 10.1177/0961463X05055135ISI: 000232304000003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-27644507315OAI: diva2:436847
QC 20110825Available from: 2011-08-25 Created: 2011-08-25 Last updated: 2011-08-25Bibliographically approved

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