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Gender Divisions and Working Time in the New Economy

Changing Patterns of Work, Care and Public Policy in Europe and North America

Edited by Diane Perrons, Colette Fagan, Linda McDowell, Kath Ray and Kevin Ward

Contemporary societies are characterised by new and more flexible working patterns, new family structures and widening social divisions. This book explores how these macro-level changes affect the micro organisation of daily life, with reference to working patterns and gender divisions in Northern and Western Europe and the United States.
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Chapter 12: Local Time Policies in Europe

Jean-Yves Boulin


Jean-Yves Boulin INTRODUCTION In Poitiers, on the initiative of the so-called Time Agency (Agence des Temps), six evenings were organized in community centres from 26 August to 2 September 2002, between 17.30 and 19.30. These allowed children and their parents to accomplish everything they needed to do for the start of the new school year: purchase school-meal vouchers and bus passes, register at the Media Library (Médiathèque), the music conservatory, the art school, the sports department, and sign up for community centre activities. They also let them meet the various associations involved in organizing activities for young people. The experiment was repeated in 2003 and 2004, and will be continued. Other French cities have adopted this one-stop agency for the new school year. In Belfort, various different experiments were launched by the Time and Mobility Agency (Maison des Temps et de la Mobilité) in the course of 2002. These included an administration system for car pools in the conurbation of Belfort-Montbéliard, a weekend transport project for young people, and the development of a ‘digital street’ project. This last – known as rue numérique – consisted of distributing video images in the street, giving information about locations, opening hours and so on for public services offices, associations, shops and businesses. It also included a joint night transport system for young people at the weekend, a project establishing a childcare service for those working unusual hours in collaboration with the Centre d’Information des Droits des Femmes, and various other schemes.1...

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