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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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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
Benjamin Teir
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Our world has experienced unprecedented exponential development, a dynamization of technology and a shift to the modern globalized society, all in the last century. Rosa's theory of social acceleration brings forth a way to understanding our fastened pace in contemporary society. Due to a more connected society the world can seem smaller. For instance, the red cross displays current global updates from e.g. Myanmar and the Caribbean on their front page. Technological acceleration has brought for ...more
Wir haben keine Zeit, obwohl wir für einzelne Tätigkeiten immer weniger Zeit benötigen. Rosa untersucht auf eindrucksvolle Weise unseren aktuellen gesellschaftlichen Umgang mit "Zeit" und dessen Folgen. Was sich anfangs banal anhören mag, wird immer mehr zu einer sehr aufschlussreichen Lektüre mit zahlreichen Denkanstößen. Obwohl die Habilitationsschrift, auf der das Buch basiert, bereits 2003 finalisiert worden ist, hat das Buch keineswegs an Aktualität verloren. Vielmehr zeigt es gerade auch i ...more
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly sharp book about how society accelerates and how individuals adjust. It really nails down extremely logically how technology, social change and rhythm of life produce the feeling of going faster, and feed one another. I found the book extremely useful to deconstruct the paradox of why technology that « saves » time if combined with industrialisation produces people who have less time. The other finding I found fascinating is how the relationship to time and how the new generations ...more
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
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
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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. ...more
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Hartmut Rosa has been a Full Professor for Sociology and Sociological Theory at the Institute of Sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, since October 2005. His areas of study include theories of modernity, sociology of time, communitarianism, and social theory. He is the author of Social Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity.

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