Time, Freedom and the Self

The Cultural Construction of “Free” Time

  • Michelle Shir-Wise

Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Michelle Shir-Wise
    Pages 1-8
  3. Michelle Shir-Wise
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    Pages 219-276
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  10. Michelle Shir-Wise
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 339-371

About this book


While abundant research has investigated time use, much less attention has been given to the cultural meanings attached to free time and what these may express with regard to conceptions of freedom and the self. In an attempt to fill this gap, Michelle Shir-Wise examines not only what people do in their free time, but also how they perceive, interpret and experience it, and in what way it relates to notions of happiness, freedom and the ideal self. Time, Freedom and the Self draws on contemporary theoretical debates concerning the relation between discourse, cultural repertoires, subjective meaning and agency, as well as literature around the sociology of leisure, to inform a unique interpretation of free time (“disciplined freedom”), developed in the light of in-depth questionnaires and interviews with middle-class, middle-aged participants in suburban Israel.


time-management freedom free time the self middle-class middle-age Israel commercialism media consumption productivity authenticity choice

Authors and affiliations

  • Michelle Shir-Wise
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ResearcherRamat GanIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-13840-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-13841-7
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