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Culture, Mind, and Society

Objects of Time

How Things Shape Temporality

Authors: Birth, K.

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About this book

This is a book about time, but it is also about much more than time—it is about how the objects we use to think about time shape our thoughts. Because time ties together so many aspects of our lives, this book is able to explore the nexus of objects, cognition, culture, and even biology, and to do so in relationship to globalization.

About the authors

Kevin Birth is a professor of Anthropology at Queen's College, CUNY.

Reviews

"This book will be invaluable for cognitive anthropologists, scholars of material culture, and theorists interested in time historically and in our global age . . . All of us feel bound to our alarm clocks, wristwatches, and daily planners, but few of us have given thought to where these devices come from and how they have altered us as social and biological beings. In this engaging and intellectually far-reaching work, Birth has done much of the work for us." - American Anthropologist

"An important contribution to the anthropology of time and material culture studies, this volume takes as its primary point of departure that the mechanisms for 'telling' time (the author focuses on clocks and calendars) are engaged in shaping our experience and subsequent enactment of temporal realities as much as they are nominally thought of as representing them." - American Ethnologist

"An admirable attempt to ground the study of time within the empirical specificity of objects and culture." - Time and Society


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • The Material Invention of Time

    Pages 1-33

    Birth, Kevin K.

  • A Necromantic Device, or How Clocks Think

    Pages 35-69

    Birth, Kevin K.

  • Calendrical Uniformity versus Planned Uncanniness

    Pages 71-98

    Birth, Kevin K.

  • Polyrhythmic Temporalities (Confounding the Artifacts)

    Pages 99-119

    Birth, Kevin K.

  • Globeness: Time and the Embodied, Biological Consequences of Globalization

    Pages 121-153

    Birth, Kevin K.

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eBook 24,99 €
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Hardcover 83,19 €
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Softcover 31,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Objects of Time
Book Subtitle
How Things Shape Temporality
Authors
Series Title
Culture, Mind, and Society
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Kevin K. Birth
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01789-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137017895
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-01787-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-01788-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 211
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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