PART I What is Time?.
Interlude: Time Is.
1 Time Stories.
Gods of Time.
In the Beginning.
Paradise and the Fall.
Encounters with Death.
Journeys to the Otherworld.
Cycles of Renewal and Regeneration.
Beyond Death: Resurrection and Redemption.
Reflections: Myth for Today’s Theory and Practice.
Interlude: Representations of Time.
2 Time Theories I.
Western Philosophy: From Ontology to Epistemology.
Natural Science: Clockwork Universe and Change.
Enlightenment Theories: A Priori and Dialectic.
Social Theory: Practice, Value and Category.
Interlude: Time Perspectives.
3 Time Theories II.
Western Philosophy: Time Within.
The Sciences of System-Specific Times.
Social Theory and the Past, Present and Future.
PART II What is the Role of Time in Social Life?.
Interlude: Time Transcendence.
4 Cultural Practices of Time Transcendence.
Making Time Stand Still.
Knowing Fate, Forging Futures.
Creating Immortality and Permanence.
Modifying Nature’s Times and Rhythms.
Superimposing Phases and Social Structure.
Interlude: Body Time, Clock Time, Social Time.
5 In Pursuit of Time Know-how.
Creating Clock Time.
Mobilising World Time.
Interlude: Time Complexities & Hierarchies.
6 The Quest for Time Control.
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British Journal of Sociology
“This is a very wide-ranging and erudite examination of countless notions of time throughout history. Barbara Adam sets out a whole new agenda for ‘time’ analysis.”
John Urry, University of Lancaster
“In a book grounded in top-notch scholarship, Barbara Adam traces how time has been viewed and lived through history and civilization.”
Ronald Purser, San Francisco State University
- explores the changing ways in which time has been understood and how this knowledge is embedded in cultural practices.
- examines notions of time that extend from ancient mythology and classical philosophy to the contemporary social world of high-speed computer networks and globalized social relations.
- poses key questions about the nature of time, how it is conceptualized, what it means in practice and how the parameters set by nature have been transcended across the ages by the human quest for time know-how and control.