Conceptions of time and social stratification : a phenomenological approach
Levin, Kyle Swift
May 16, 2020
Although time is a topic that humans have discussed at length for ages, only recently have sociologists examined time and its relationship to society. The goal of this study aims to investigate the relationship between the time schemes of individuals to the macrostructures that perpetuate inequality in everyday life. The study employs three theoretical frames to accomplish this: phenomenology, hegemony, and intersectionality. The study uses qualitative in depth interviews and found (1) a common sense of productivity permeates everyday life and interactions and (2) racial and gendered expectations and stereotypes complicate hegemonic time schemes. This work suggests that more research is needed on how everyday routines can perpetuate inequality and the taken for granted knowledge, that social scientists use as their starting point, needs to be critically examined.
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