Trading Time

Can Exchange Lead to Social Change?

Lee Gregory

Trading Time

Lee Gregory

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447318293 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cuts to social services in the wake of austerity in recent years have led communities to look within, at possible initiatives that they can use to replace some of the support that’s been lost. One of the most interesting and promising initiatives has been time banking, a system that enables people within a community to trade—and store for later use—hours of supportive work and assistance. Trading Time is the first book to look closely at the way that time banking works in theory and practice, and it builds on the social theory of time to highlight the tensions between the values of people involved with time banks and the values of policy makers.
Contents
Introduction
Austerity and its alternatives
Time for an alternative
Time banking
Repositioning time bank theory
Resistance or resilience?
Conclusion
Review Quotes
Journal of Social Policy
"A must-read for anyone interested in the topic as it helps to better understand the discursive nature of time."
Colin Williams, University of Sheffield, UK
“This accessible and well-structured book shows in a contemporary manner how using time as a resource can provide a way forward for social policy.”
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