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Seven Day Circle The History and Meaning of the Week

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ISBN-10: 0226981657

ISBN-13: 9780226981659

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Eviatar Zerubavel

List price: $34.00
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"Days, months, and years were given to us by nature, but we invented the week for ourselves. There is nothing inevitable about a seven-day cycle, or about any other kind of week; it represents an arbitrary rhythm imposed on our activities, unrelated to anything in the natural order. But where the week exists--and there have been many cultures where it doesn't--it is so deeply embedded in our experience that we hardly ever question its rightness, or think of it as an artificial convention; for most of us it is a matter of 'second nature.'
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/15/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

List of Figures
Introduction: ""Daddy, What's Thursday?""
The Origins of the Seven-Day Week
The Seven-Day Wars
Cultural Variations on a Theme
The Harmonics of Timekeeping
Living with the Week
Experiencing the Week
Culture, Not Nature
Author Index
Subject Index