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Quality time: an exploration of subjective temporality

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Amy Marie Ernstes (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Steve Kroll-Smith

Abstract: A jointly constructed social and personal endeavor, the notion of time offers a rich source of relatively untapped sociological insight. As the hallmark of American society's recent evolution, the context of intensified personal busyness and social acceleration asserts the relevance of temporal consideration. A primary conclusion from the review of relevant literature finds the need for research of temporality through the lens of personal, qualitative experience in supplement to commonly popular quantitative forms. Following the suggestion of a parallel shift between culturally oriented and subjectively experienced time, the equation of time to money bears particular interest as a powerful analogy underlying the notion of a quantified time, a concept providing a distilled form of the problem statement. The conceptual lens of "quality time" offers the supplemental, yet contrasting lens which provides the focus of these ideas into the development of this qualitative study. Interviews conducted with students and professors aimed to invite the personal expressions of quality time as a facet of personal reconciliation with time. Data from fifteen interviews with students and professors intended to structure a template of comparison between generations, with additional relevance for the realm of higher education. Although the outcome of the data encouraged divergent avenues of analysis, the resultant discussion seeks to explore promising angles for the subjective experience of time, as counterpart to its social construction, and as a revealing field of sociological inquiry.

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Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2012
Keywords
Quality time, Subjective temporality, Subjective time, Temporal experience, Temporality, Time
Subjects
Time $x Psychological aspects
Time $x Sociological aspects