High-speed Society: Social Acceleration, Power, And Modernity by Hartmut RosaHigh-speed Society: Social Acceleration, Power, And Modernity by Hartmut Rosa

High-speed Society: Social Acceleration, Power, And Modernity

EditorHartmut Rosa, William E. Scheuerman

Paperback | December 6, 2010

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Everywhere, life seems to be speeding up: we talk of “fast food” and “speed dating.” But what does the phenomenon of social acceleration really entail, and how new is it? While much has been written about our high-speed society in the popular media, serious academic analysis has lagged behind, and what literature there is comes more from Europe than from America. This collection of essays is a first step toward exposing readers on this side of the Atlantic to the importance of this phenomenon and toward developing some preliminary conceptual categories for better understanding it.

Among the major questions the volume addresses are these: Is acceleration occurring across all sectors of society and all dimensions of life, or is it affecting some more than others? Where is life not speeding up, and what results from this disparity? What are the fundamental causes of acceleration, as well as its consequences for everyday experience? How does it affect our political and legal institutions? How much speed can we tolerate?

The volume tackles these questions in three sections. Part 1 offers a selection of astute early analyses of acceleration as experienced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Part 2 samples recent attempts at analyzing social acceleration, including translations of the work of leading European thinkers. Part 3 explores acceleration’s political implications.

Hartmut Rosa is Professor of Sociology at the University of Jena and Affiliated Professor of Sociology at the New School University.William E. Scheuerman is Professor of Political Science and Western European Studies at Indiana University.Hartmut Rosa is Professor of Sociology at the University of Jena and Affiliated Professor of Socio...
Title:High-speed Society: Social Acceleration, Power, And ModernityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 6, 2010Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271034173

ISBN - 13:9780271034171


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Hartmut Rosa and William E. Scheuerman

Part 1. Classical Perspectives on Social Acceleration

1. A Law of Acceleration

Henry Adams

2. The Pace of Life and the Money Economy

Georg Simmel

3. The New Religion-Morality of Speed

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

4. The Mania for Motion and Speed

John Dewey

5. The Motorized Legislator

Carl Schmitt

Part 2. High-Speed Society: Theoretical Foundations

6. Social Acceleration: Ethical and Political Consequences of a Desychronized High-Speed Society

Hartmut Rosa

7. Is There an Acceleration of History?

Reinhart Koselleck

8. The Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Globalizing Capital and Their Impact on State Power and Democracy

Bob Jessop

9. The Contraction of the Present

Hermann Lübbe

10. Speeding Up and Slowing Down

John Urry

Part 3. High-Speed Society: Political Consequences?

11. The State of Emergency

Paul Virilio

12. The Nihilism of Speed: On the Work of Paul Virilio

Stefan Breuer

13. Temporal Rhythms and Military Force: Acceleration, Deceleration, and War

Herfried Münkler

14. Speed, Concentric Circles, and Cosmopolitanism

William E. Connolly

15. Citizenship and Speed

William E. Scheuerman

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Editorial Reviews

“Scheuerman’s concluding essay thoughtfully assays the problematic effects of social acceleration on civic engagement.”