The Spectre Of Overwork: An Analysis Of Trends Between 1974 And 1997 Using Australian Time-Use Diaries

  title={The Spectre Of Overwork: An Analysis Of Trends Between 1974 And 1997 Using Australian Time-Use Diaries},
  author={Michael Bittman and James M Rice},
  journal={Labour \& Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work},
  pages={25 - 5}
  • M. Bittman, James M Rice
  • Published 1 January 2002
  • Economics
  • Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work
Abstract Recent years have seen the emergence of a new politics of working time. Industrial relations specialists, welfare agencies and others have raised the idea that increasing levels of overwork and burgeoning levels of unemployment are two sides of the same coin. There have also been concerns that changes in working hours have constrained employees 'ability to participate in family and community life. Three theoretical perspectives—economics, industrial relations and feminism—have… 
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