High-Speed Society Social Acceleration, Power, and Modernity

ISBN-10: 0271034173

ISBN-13: 9780271034171

Edition: 2008

Authors: Hartmut Rosa, William E. Scheuerman

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Everywhere, life seems to be speeding up: we talk of "fast food" and "speed dating." But what does the phenomenon of social acceleration really entail, and how new is it? While much has been written about our high-speed society in the popular media, serious academic analysis has lagged behind, and what literature there is comes more from Europe than from America. This collection of essays is a first step toward exposing readers on this side of the Atlantic to the importance of this phenomenon and toward developing some preliminary conceptual categories for better understanding it.Among the major questions the volume addresses are these: Is acceleration occurring across all sectors of society and all dimensions of life, or is it affecting some more than others? Where is life not speeding up, and what results from this disparity? What are the fundamental causes of acceleration, as well as its consequences for everyday experience? How does it affect our political and legal institutions? How much speed can we tolerate?The volume tackles these questions in three sections. Part 1 offers a selection of astute early analyses of acceleration as experienced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Part 2 samples recent attempts at analyzing social acceleration, including translations of the work of leading European thinkers. Part 3 explores acceleration's political implications.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 12/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Classical Perspectives on Social Acceleration
A Law of Acceleration
The Pace of Life and the Money Economy
The New Religion-Morality of Speed
The Mania for Motion and Speed
The Motorized Legislator
High-Speed Society: Theoretical Foundations
Social Acceleration: Ethical and Political Consequences of a Desynchronized High-Speed Society
Is There an Acceleration of History?
The Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Globalizing Capital and Their Impact on State Power and Democracy
The Contraction of the Present
Speeding Up and Slowing Down
High-Speed Society: Political Consequences?
The State of Emergency
The Nihilism of Speed: On the Work of Paul Virilio
Temporal Rhythms and Military Force: Acceleration, Deceleration, and War
Speed, Concentric Cultures, and Cosmopolitanism
Citizenship and Speed
List of Contributors
Index
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