Empires of Speed: Time and the Acceleration of Politics and Society

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BRILL, 2009 - Social Science - 254 pages
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The beginning of the 21st century is witnessing the emergence of a social, political and technological revolution in networked computing. We now live in a networked society, but it functions and develops at such an accelerating rate that it becomes increasingly difficult to adequately understand the nature of this radical society. "Empires of Speed" is the first book to analyse the far-reaching transformations of speed-filled everyday life. In a compelling study Hassan shows that we are leaving behind a modern world based upon the time of the clock, and are entering a new and volatile phase where an accelerating network time poses fundamental economic and political challenges in our postmodern world, challenges we barely comprehend and are thus woefully unprepared for.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One A New Empire
17
Clock Time Modernity
41
Networked Society
67
Chapter Four Pathologies of Speed
97
A Culture of Speed
123
Chapter Six The Speed of Liberal Democracy
151
A Temporalized Democracy
187
References
237
Index
247
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Robert Hassan is leading thinker on the relationships between social time and information technologies. He is co-editor (with Hartmut Rosa) of the journal "Time & Society." His most recent book is "The Information Society" (Polity, 2008).

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