Cover of 24/7 by Edited by Robert Hassan and Ronald E. Purser
Time and Temporality in the Network Society
Edited by Robert Hassan and Ronald E. Purser


304 pages.
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Hardcover ISBN: 9780804751964
Paperback ISBN: 9780804751971


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For better or worse, the information and communication revolution has transformed our economic, cultural, and political world. On an individual scale, many of the traditional social, political, and cultural habits of mind and ways of being that evolved under the regime of the clock are changing rapidly, including the way individuals save, spend, and optimize time. At the organizational level, the pacing of innovation, levels of production, and new product development, are no longer temporally fixed due to the effects of living in a networked society and in the networked economy. 24/7 brings together leading thinkers from a variety of disciplines to analyze the differing relationships to time in an accelerated society. Offering much-needed insight and perspective into new issues and problems, this unique volume is the first to offer a wide range of cutting-edge thought on the new economic, cultural, and political world of the networked society. The book includes contributions from the leading scholars in this area, such as Barbara Adam, Mike Crang, Thomas Hylland Erikson, and Geert Lovink.

About the authors

Robert Hassan is a Research Fellow in the Media and Communications Program at the University of Melbourne. Ronald E. Purser is a Professor of Management in the College of Business at San Francisco State University.

"This collection of thought-provoking essays addresses the relationship between contemporary times and technology, especially cybertechnology. In doing so, the essays demonstrate so very well Elliott Jaques' statement of the ultimate justification for studying time: “In the form of time is to be found the form of living.'' For by developing this collection, Hassan and Purser—and the essays' authors—have made an important contribution to understanding both time and life in the early 21st century."

—Allen C. Bluedorn, author of The Human Organization of Time: Temporal Realities and Experience, University of Missouri-Columbia

“The authors gathered here are among the leading theorists of the new shift in dimensional thought. Original, provocative, and sophisticated, their arguments will have a profound impact on social theorists and the emerging generation of digital scholars.”

—Sean Cubitt, University of Melbourne