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

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NSU Press, 2010 - Alienation (Social psychology). - 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 sped-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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A THEORY OF SOCIAL ACCELERATION 1 What is social Acceleration?
The DrivingWheels of Social Acceleration

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