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Temporality in the social sciences: new directions for a political sociology of time

Gokmenoglu, Birgan ORCID: 0000-0001-5839-3351 (2022) Temporality in the social sciences: new directions for a political sociology of time. British Journal of Sociology, 73 (3). 643 - 653. ISSN 0007-1315

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-4446.12938


Time and temporality are common themes in the social sciences and sociology. The sociological literature on time remains solipsistically empirical, while theoretical elaborations are focused on modernity, capitalism, and technology, through notions of speed and acceleration. Although existing studies on time are imbued with political issues and processes, as the subfield that studies relations of power and politics, political sociology has yet to consolidate a temporal lexicon for studying structures of power and political phenomena. This review situates three recent books on time and politics within a broader sociological literature on time and calls for a political sociology of time. I argue that developing a conceptual apparatus that takes time as an element of power is fundamental to building dialogue across the empirical material and across disciplines. I conclude by offering three avenues for the development of a political sociology of time.

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Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2022 16:57
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 01:12

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