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Donated time, a tool for analyzing housework and care
Date:3/7/2013

urveys conducted by EUSTAT [Basque Statistics Office], simultaneity is measured, but then it is not taken into consideration. The fact is, housework and care are often done at the same time, and many aspects intervene there (what is given priority, what is regarded as important and what not, etc.), but they are in fact two jobs. So, if that work that is done at the same time is properly measured, the time devoted to housework and care is tripled."

However, Legarreta has not stopped there and has taken this a step further. She was keen to take all the time dimensions into consideration: "As Ramn Ramos, my thesis supervisor, says, time can be taken in four ways: as a resource, in other words, as if it were something that runs out; as a scenario, where time is given and is marked out by timetables and calendars; as a horizon where time cannot be obtained and is changeable; and finally there is embodied time. In the last one the human being is time, and periods of life, women's fertility cycles, etc., are included in that."

Donated time, as a tool for studying

So bearing in mind these time dimensions and the material, moral and political factors that transversalize them, Legarreta has put forward a tool for analysing time distribution: donated time. To achieve this, Legarreta has borne in mind the work of the anthropologist Marcel Mauss. "In Mauss' view, donation meant giving, receiving and giving back." Voluntary work would be an example close to donation.

Understood thus, the view of time is not linear but circular. "For example, as a child a person can receive this from his/her parents; then as an adult he/she gives it to his/her parents and offspring; and in old age will cherish the hope of receiving it from his/her offspring, even though that is not so clear nowadays." That concern is widespread in society and exposes the fact that donation time does in fact exist and has its own rules. In actual fact, shortfalls and conc
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