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Reclaiming Leisure

  • Nichole Marie Shippen
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Part of the Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice book series (CPTRP)

Abstract

The origin of the modern fight for time is based on an earlier, broader, and more radical conception of time grounded in the Aristotelian-Marxist tradition. This tradition includes a classical republican understanding of freedom based on non-domination that remains useful for developing a politics of time because it places structural forms of domination and the possibilities for “structural freedom as non-domination” at the forefront of its analysis.1 Politics is, after all, not only about raising awareness or developing critical thinking about the structural relationships of power, which remains crucial, but also about collectively organizing for political-economic transformation to improve the condition of people’s lives in concrete ways. The fight for time lends itself to both through the institutional reduction of the length of the workday, while simultaneously bringing ethical and philosophical considerations of time to bear on the political relevance of the fight for time for questions of social justice.

Keywords

Leisure Activity Free Time Practical Wisdom Classical Ideal Regulative Ideal 
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