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Alienation and Acceleration: Towards a Critical Theory of Late-Modern Temporality

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Modern life is speeding-up, incessantly. Strange as it is, while the art of saving time reaches unprecedented heights through the introduction of ever-new technologies of communication and production, it nevertheless feels like we are running out of time. In all western societies alike, time-famine is rising and individuals report the impression that they have to run faste ...more
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Published August 9th 2010 by Aarhus University Press (first published June 2nd 2010)
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This short book packs a punch. Hartmut Rosa sees the phenomenon of acceleration as distinctive for late modernity. It is a condition that is totalitarian as it affects everyone and as it is largely immune to critique. Indeed, temporal norms are always perceived as 'out there' and seem to manifest themselves as laws of nature. But Rosa holds that the pathologies and sense of alienation that come with acceleration demand a serious public debate.

This book is a summa that relies on fifteen years of
Saverio Mariani
In questo libro l'autore, sociologo e scienziato politico, cerca di indagare la natura dell'accelerazione della vita tardomoderna. Perché le nostre vite sono costantemente più frenetiche? Perché l'impressione è quella di avere meno tempo a disposizione?
La teoria critica, sostiene Rosa, deve rispondere a queste domande e deve ricercare i motivi per i quali vi sono patologie sociali diffuse, come il senso di minorità e la depressione. Non deve, pertanto, schiacciarsi sulla critica economica o sul
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociologie
Nogal academisch, en niet mooi afgerond, wegens compilatie/bewerking van meerdere Duitse teksten.
Maar voor wie geïnteresseerd is in het thema tijd (en het gebrek daaraan) veruit te verkiezen boven het boek van Safranski, waar 'tijd' een kapstok is voor beschouwingen over allerlei filosofische onderwerpen.
Wouter Zwemmer
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maatschappelijke versnelling in drie deelgebieden:
1. Technische versnelling: transport, communicatie en productie
2. Maatschappelijke verandering: binnen de samenleving en van de samenleving zelf
3. Levenstempo: meer doen in minder tijd.
Maatschappelijke drijfveer achter versnelling: concurrentie.
Culturele drijfveer: versnelling levenstempo is het moderne antwoord op eindigheid van het leven. Versnelling door technologie, maar technologie vergroot ook de mogelijkheden voor afleiding.

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Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C’est un texte très intéressant et surtout très clair. Sans être trop dispersif, ce livre explique très bien la contemporanéité en expliquant le concept d’accélération.
En effet, Rosa montre comment le monde d’aujourd’hui est conditionné par un rapport avec le temps de plus en plus conflictuel, parce que la vitesse est devenue un impératif. La technologie a permis à l’homme de gagner du temps, parce qu’elle a rendu de nombreuses activités beaucoup plus faciles et rapides. Mais elle a aussi oblig
Michael Reiter
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine kritische Betrachtung der Entwicklung der "Spätmoderne". Alles wird immer schneller. Dadurch, dass alles immer schneller wird, läuft man Gefahr, den Bezug zu Raum, zu Zeit, zu den Dingen, zum sozialen Konnex und zu sich selbst zu verlieren. Kaufen wird wichtiger als Konsumieren. Als Leistungsträger gilt, wer das Tempo halten kann - die anderen sind die Beschleunigungsverlierer.

Regt zum Denken darüber an, was wirklich wichtig ist im Leben, weshalb Erfahrungen mehr zählen sollten als Erlebnis
Joantine Berghuijs
An important and disturbing book about the inescapability of accelleration in today's society.
- it is written in an unnecesarily complicated way
- his (direction for a) solution looks sympathetic but also very inadequate, which makes the book the more disturbing...
Martin Hadley
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very convincing framework to make sense of the nature of change in the twenty-first century.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book about the concept of time in modern capitalist societies. Hartmut Rosa explains here different questions about the subject sucj as why we feel as if time is going faster or why we progressively lose the feeling of belonging somewhere, why feel as if we do nothing worthy with our time, etc...

Personally I found this book very enlightening because even though I'm young I always questioned the concept of time and why it seems to pass faster and why we always feel as if we do
Samuel Ronsin
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
There are some interesting ideas in this book, and I believe reflections on the relationships of societies with time are indeed needed.
I just wish this book was more rigorous and better documented. For instance I didn't find anything like an inventory of the experiences that are / have been accelerated, much less the technical paths that led to such accelerations. Generally, acceleration is drawn as a monolithic phenomenon coming out of nowhere. A lot of the examples are awkwardly (for a social
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