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Social acceleration : a new theory of modernity

Author: Hartmut Rosa; Jonathan Trejo-Mathys
Publisher: New York, NY : Columbia University Press, [2016] ©2013
Series: New directions in critical theory.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Hartmut Rosa advances an account of the temporal structure of society from the perspective of critical theory. He identifies in particular three categories of change in the tempo of modern social life: technological acceleration, evident in transportation, communication, and production; the acceleration of social change, reflected in cultural knowledge, social institutions, and personal relationships; and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2012029515
(OCoLC)802103202
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hartmut Rosa; Jonathan Trejo-Mathys
ISBN: 9780231519885 0231519885
OCLC Number: 1013956065
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource : 13 illustrations
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Illustrations --
Translator's Introduction: Modernity and Time --
In Place of a Preface --
Introduction --
Part 1. The Categorial Framework of a Systematic Theory of Social Acceleration --
1. From the Love of Movement to the Law of Acceleration: Observations of Modernity --
2. What Is Social Acceleration? --
Part 2. Mechanisms and Manifestations: A Phenomenology of Social Acceleration --
3. Technical Acceleration And The Revolutionizing Of The Space-Time Regime --
4. Slipping Slopes: The Acceleration Of Social Change And The Increase Of Contingency --
5. The Acceleration Of The "Pace Of Life" And Paradoxes In The Experience Of Time --
Part 3. Causes --
6. The Speeding Up of Society as a Self-Propelling Process: The Circle of Acceleration --
7. Acceleration and Growth: External Drivers of Social Acceleration --
8. Power, War, and Speed: State and Military as Key Institutional Accelerators --
Part 4. Consequences --
9. Acceleration, Globalization, Postmodernity --
10. Situational Identity: Of Drifters and Players --
11. Situational Politics: Paradoxical Time Horizons Between Desynchronization and Disintegration --
12. Acceleration and Rigidity: An Attempt at a Redefinition of Modernity --
Conclusion: Frenetic Standstill? The End of History --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index
Series Title: New directions in critical theory.
Responsibility: Hartmut Rosa ; translated by Jonathan Trejo-Mathys.
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Abstract:

Hartmut Rosa advances an account of the temporal structure of society from the perspective of critical theory. He identifies in particular three categories of change in the tempo of modern social life: technological acceleration, evident in transportation, communication, and production; the acceleration of social change, reflected in cultural knowledge, social institutions, and personal relationships; and acceleration in the pace of life, which happens despite the expectation that technological change should increase an individual's free time.According to Rosa, both the structural and cultural aspects of our institutions and practices are marked by the "shrinking of the present," a decreasing time period during which expectations based on past experience reliably match future results and events. When this phenomenon combines with technological acceleration and the increasing pace of life, time seems to flow ever faster, making our relationships to each other and the world fluid and problematic. It is as if we are standing on "slipping slopes," a steep social terrain that is itself in motion and in turn demands faster lives and technology. As Rosa deftly shows, this self-reinforcing feedback loop fundamentally determines the character of modern life.

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