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Time Use Surveys: a Review of their Aims, Methods, and Results

Abstract : Time use surveys are distinguished by their use of a specific type of questionnaire, the daily activity diary, first developed in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, standardized in the framework of a multinational survey headed by Alexander Szalai in 1965-66, then generalized for use in a great number of countries. The diary allows for quantifying the duration of relatively non-institutionalized activities such as household work and leisure activities. The main research results obtained with time use studies are presented as they relate to three main themes: debates on the leisure civilization, changes in work rhythms, and gender roles and the synchronizing of social time within the family.
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Alain Chenu, Laurent Lesnard. Time Use Surveys: a Review of their Aims, Methods, and Results. Archives Européennes de Sociologie / European Journal of Sociology, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2006, 47 (3), pp.335-359. ⟨halshs-00174521⟩



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