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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)
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Free Keywords sozialer Prozess; Tempo; Zeit; soziales System; 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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