Time and Society

Time and Society

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Time-consciousness--long a shared objective of philosophy and social thought--is key to understanding different cultures and their cognitive adaptation to one another. Warren D. TenHouten's remarkable book achieves this goal by providing a bold and original three-level theory of time-consciousness, its neurocognitive basis, and social organization. Using classical and contemporary ethnographies of Australian Aborigines and Euro-Australians to support his theory, TenHouten shows how involvement in hedonic sociality--emphasizing equality and community--leads to time that is cyclical, present oriented, and more generally natural; whereas agonic sociality--based on inequality and agency--leads to time that is linear, future oriented, and more generally rational.
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  • Paperback | 275 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.09 x 16.76mm | 390g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791464342
  • 9780791464342
  • 1,617,143

About Warren D. Tenhouten

Warren D. TenHouten is Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Los Angeles.
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