The sociology of time

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Focusing on the very notion of a “sociology of time, " this chapter examines the fundamental components of what constitutes a distinctly non-physical, sociocultural perspective on temporality. It begins by introducing the notion of a pronouncedly artificial “sociotemporal order” consisting of social norms and traditions of measuring, reckoning, and organizing time. It then proceeds to discuss major ways of collectively experiencing time, such as the utilitarian view of time, the mathematical conception of time, and both the linear and circular views of temporality. The chapter concludes by examining both the semiotic and the political dimensions of the social organization of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTime, Temporality, and History in Process Organization Studies
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780198870715
StatePublished - Jan 21 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


  • Calendars
  • Culture and time
  • Measuring time
  • Politics of time
  • Reckoning time
  • Semiotics of time
  • Social rhythms
  • Sociology of time


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