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Towards a culture of non-simultaneity?

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Brose, Hanns-Georg

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Abstract "There are three different concepts and analytical aspects of social time in contemporary western societies that are referred to in this article: (1) the different tempos of social processes and (2) the varying time horizons of 'socially expected durations' (Merton, 1986). It is argued that due to spatial, technological and socio-economic changes a third, more fundamental evolution of temporality is emerging: (3) an increasing simultaneity of events in our 'world at reach' (Schutz and Luckmann, 1983). The different tempos and time-scopes being causes and effects of this phenomenal simultaneity. An increase in simultaneity necessarily provokes an increase in non-simultaneity. 'Classical' mechanisms of temporal ordering of non-simultaneous events are sequencing and linear processing. It is claimed, that these mechanisms, typical of industrial modernity, are complemented by efforts and exigencies of coping with complexity in a simultaneous mode. It is assumed that the abilities of actors and social systems of parallel and simultaneous processing are enhanced but after all remain limited. Therefore, a growing realm of non-simultaneity remains open to meaningful interpretation. This is what significance an emerging culture of nonsimultaneity has." (author's abstract)
Keywords social process; time; social system
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Free Keywords Tempo; non-simultaneity; short-termism; social time; synchronization; tempo
Document language English
Publication Year 2004
Page/Pages p. 5-26
Journal Time & Society, 13 (2004) 1
Status Postprint; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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