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

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NSU Press, 2010 - Social Science - 111 pages
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 faster and faster each year - not in order to get somewhere, but just to stay in place!

This book presents an analytic framework to identify the causes and effects of the various speed-up-processes which define modernity - and it develops A Critical Theory of late-modern temporality. Crucial for this is the idea that acceleration in the end leads to monstrous forms of alienation from time and space, from things and actions - and from self and others.

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Hartmut Rosa is a Full Professor of Sociology and Social Theory at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, and an Affiliated Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York. He also directs the Laboratory of the Enlightenment, an interdisciplinary Research-Centre at Jena University. After studying in Freiburg, London and Harvard, he got his PhD in 1997 from Humboldt-University. Berlin with a book on Charles Taylor's Philosophical Anthropology and Political Theory. He is Co-Director of the annual Philosophy and the Social Sciences Conference in Prague and Co-Editor of Time & Society. In cooperation with William E. Scheuerman, he edited a volume of new and classical texts on the phenomenon of social acceleration: High-Speed Society: Social Acceleration, Power and Modernity: Penn State University Press, 2009.

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