Published Papers - Abstract 254

Brown P & Warner-Smith P. The Taylorisation of family time: An effective strategy in the struggle to 'manage' work and life? Annals of Leisure Research, 2005; 8(2): 75-90

Research suggests that perceptions of time pressure are increasing and are particularly acute in households where both parents combine paid work with household and earning responsibilities. What specific strategies do working parents use to ‘manage’ the three-way juggling act of ‘his’ job, ‘her’ job, and family responsibilities, while still finding time for leisure and civic contribution? This question was addressed in a series of focus groups conducted in New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland in 2003/2004 that are part of a larger study investigating issues of work/life balance among parents in dual-earner households in Australia. IN reviewing the range of strategies used to ‘manage’ competing demands on parental and family time, our data lend support to Arlie Hochschild’s observation in The Time Bind that family time has taken on an ‘industrial tone’, is succumbing to ‘a cult of efficiency previously associated with the workplace’, and is linked to Taylor’s idea of scientific management.