Tidens Betydning - et casestudie af en børnefamilie i et accelereret samfund: The Impact of Time - a case-study of a family with young children in an accelerated society

Jeppe Kabell & Camilla Lauth Hansen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In Danish public debate families with children have expressed a growing sense of time pressure in recent years. Different solutions have been put forward by researchers and commissions, mainly focusing on reducing the work time of parents. Inspired by the 4th generation critical theorist Hartmut Rosa's theory of social acceleration and his version of a concept of temporally caused alienation, the authors present a case study of a family with children and examine how their arrangement of work and family life influences the degree of temporal alienation in their lives. Based on the diagnosis of western postmodern societies by Rosa, the authors identify a number of remarkable qualities of the family’s everyday life. They conclude that the family’s work and lifestyle choices significantly reduce the risk of alienation in their lives. These choices involve: 1) a strategy of reduced working hours and the creative use of flex-time; 2) stability in the family’s housing arrangements; 3) resilience in relation to prevailing norms about parenthood; and finally 4) a deliberate set of values relative to consumption and materialism. The authors suggest that Rosa’s conceptual framework provides a radically different contribution to the debate on family life in Denmark; It can help families by enabling them to critically reinterpret the relationship between their life situation and the structures of society and it has the potential to change the political discourse on work and family life.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatArbejdslivsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato15 okt. 2014
VejledereErik Axel & Bettina Christel Hjortholt


  • kritisk teori
  • tidspres
  • børnefamilier
  • deltid
  • fremmedgørelse
  • social acceleration
  • hartmut rosa
  • det gode liv
  • senmodernitet