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date: 17 January 2019

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This article examines time and scheduling dynamics, with particular emphasis on the potential consequences of scheduling constraints for social life. It asks why scheduling conflicts exist and why they are often enormously difficult to resolve, first by providing an overview of traditional approaches to the study of time in the social sciences. These include an extensive literature across a number of disciplines on how societies conceptualize time; research that has examined how the organization of time has changed over history; and studies on the female labor force, the household division of labor, and time budgets more generally. The discussion then turns to formal insights that explain why schedule coordination is such a problem and describes the macro-level social implications of scheduling conflicts, focusing on hierarchies, segregation, and boundary-maintenance dynamics.

Keywords: time, scheduling dynamics, social life, scheduling conflicts, social sciences, female labor force, household division of labor, hierarchies, segregation, scheduling

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