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Micro-mechanisms of daily life among working couples. Analyzing time management system to understand organization of time, care and work.

Date: 14.12.2021, 15:00
Place: zoom meeting
Mia Tammelin, JAMK University of Applied Sciences

Mia Tammelin, JAMK University of Applied Sciences

The presentation discusses family, work and care through the lenses of time. The presentation is founded on the idea that time should be understood in relation to others, not as a private matter. The understanding on time as a commodity to be spent, saved and used underlines that time is perceived as a quantifiable object. Still inequalities exist between individuals – for example, regarding the right to have time or about the activities that take place in time. Therefore, time needs to be understood as a social phenomenon that includes power structures and rights, as well as relationships with others. The ways individuals use and experience time, and the activities taking place in time, cannot be isolated from the wider societal context and are shaped by, for example, gendered culture of working life, parenthood, and gender relations. Using couple’s time management systems -framework, I examine how couples organize time in a family. I present findings of a research project  using a couple-level interview data collected in Finland to explore couples’ practices in relation to time, and to discuss the theoretical implications of this.   

Dr. Mia Tammelin is a principal lecturer at JAMK University of Applied Sciences, School of Health and Social Studies and a senior researcher of Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare). She holds a title of docent (adjunct professor) in social policy at the University of Turku. She has directed and participated in several international research projects related to work, care and family life.  Recently she has studied the changing nature of paid work and digitalisation, organisations, well-being and work-family interaction.

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