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Time, work and leisureLife changes in England since 1700$
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Hugh Cunningham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085208

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085208.001.0001

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(p.199) 9 Conclusion
Time, work and leisure

Hugh Cunningham

Manchester University Press

This chapter summarises the argument running through the book. It identifies key features of the period since 1970, in particular the rise of neo-liberal economics and the decline in status of trade unions. As a result, the anticipated increase in leisure time has not occurred; if anything the opposite has happened. A further feature of the period is that excessive work for some has been accompanied by high levels of unemployment and underemployment. The outcome is a pervasive sense that time is short, and that there is little beyond personal organisation that can be done about it. The book concludes with evidence that time can be reorganised.

Keywords:   time, work, leisure, trade unions, neo-liberal economics, unemployment, underemployment

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