Moderns as Ancients: Time, Space and the Discourse of Improvement

Hetherington, Kevin (2001). Moderns as Ancients: Time, Space and the Discourse of Improvement. In: May, Jon and Thrift, Nigel eds. Timespace: Geographies of Temporality. Critical Geographies. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 49–72.

URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/Timespace-isbn97804...

Abstract

About the book: Timespace undermines the old certainties of time and space by arguing that these dimensions do not exist singly, but only as a hybrid process term. The issue of space has perhaps been over-emphasised and it is essential that processes of everyday existence, such as globalisation and environmental issues and also notions such as gender, race and ethnicity, are looked at with a balanced time-space analysis.
The social and cultural consequences of this move are traced through a series of studies which deploy different perspectives - structural, phenomenological and even Buddhist - in order to make things meet up. The contributors provide an overview of the history of time and introduce the concepts of time and space together, across a range of disciplines. The themes discussed are of importance for cultural geography, sociology, anthropology, cultural and media studies, and psychology.

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