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Social Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 470 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Columbia University Press (first published November 28th 2005)
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Hadrian
This is an exceedingly capable book on the phenomenon of 'social acceleration'. It's remarkable how Rosa compares past theorists, considering how few were able to agree on a definition of what 'time' is at all.

Rosa defines three categories of 'acceleration': technical acceleration, which refers to the speed of transportation and communications technologies; social acceleration, which refers to the changing of popular norms (for a positive example, compare the time it took for interracial marria
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Alex Hochuli
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fuck. It's rare that a book utterly transforms your perspective on things; not just in your explicit positions but also in your tacit assumptions about society and history.

This is a staggering work of social theory, one that convincingly argues for the treatment of time as an essential (perhaps the essential) analytical dimension. I wish I could capture all the repercussions of this perspective in a short post, but I can't, so can only urge everyone to read the book (or at least key sections of
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GONZA
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic and interesting book, but still I'm not sure I understood it all. Written by a sociologist it is based on the dromology, or the study of speed and covers the speed of new discoveries, the speed of the people moving across countries and what does that imply when we think about the political part of that all. These essays are really really deep and open the mind to a new way of thinking all the world around us.

Questo libro è stato veramente eccezionale ed interessante, ma ancor
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Narges
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hard book to read, a hard argument to follow. but this guy is a genius. it will show you how a brand new theory is being formed.
Isadora Wagner
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING!!
Guillaume Frasca
Une plongée angoissante pour mieux comprendre la perte de sens et de direction de nos sociétés modernes, face à l'accélération des techniques et des changements sociaux.
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