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Author Rosa, Hartmut, 1965-

Title Social acceleration : a new theory of modernity / Hartmut Rosa ; translated by Jonathan Trejo-Mathys
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xl, 470 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series New directions in critical theory
New directions in critical theory.
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; 1. Acceleration and the Culture of Modernity; 2. Modernization, Acceleration, and Social Theory; 2. What Is Social Acceleration?; 1. Preliminary Considerations: Acceleration and Escalation; 2. Three Dimensons of Social Acceleration; 3. Five Categories of Inertia; 4. On the Relation Between Movement and Inertia in Modernity
2. From Substantial A Priori Identity to Stable a Posteriori Identity: The Temporalization of Life3. From Temporally Stable to Situational Identity: The Temporalization of Time; 11. Situational Politics: Paradoxical Time Horizons Between Desynchronization and Disintegration; 1. Time in Politics -- Politics in Time; 2. The Temporalization of History in the Modern Age; 3. Paradoxical Time Horizons: The Detemporalization of History in Late Modernity; 12. Acceleration and Rigidity: An Attempt to Redefine Modernity; Conclusion: Frenetic Standstill? The End of History; Notes; Bibliography; Index
6. The Speeding Up of Society as a Self-Propelling Process: The Circle of Acceleration7. Acceleration and Growth: External Driving Forces of Social Acceleration; 1. Time Is Money: The Economic Motor; 2. The Promise of Acceleration: The Cultural Motor; 3. The Temporalization of Complexity: The Socio-Structural Motor; 8. Power, War, and Speed: The State and the Military as Key Institutional Accelerators; PART 4: Consequences; 9, Acceleration, Globalization, Postmodernity; 10. Situational Identity: Of Drifters and Players; 1. The Dynamization of the Self in Modernity
PART 2: Mechanisms and Manifestations: A Phenomenology of Social Acceleration3. 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; 1. Objective Parameters: The Escalation of the Speed of Action; 2. Subjective Parameters: The Pressure and the Experience of Racing Time; 3. Temporal Structures and Self-Relations; PART 3: Causes
Summary Hartmut Rosa advances an account of the temporal structure of society from the perspective of critical theory. He identifies 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Civilization, Modern -- 21st century.
Social change.
Time perception.
Time pressure.
Time -- Sociological aspects.
Form Electronic book
Author Trejo-Mathys, Jonathan.
ISBN 0231519885 (electronic bk.)
9780231519885 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Beschleunigung. English