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A Watched Pot : How We Experience Time - Michael G. Flaherty

A Watched Pot

How We Experience Time

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9780814726860
Number Of Pages: 190

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An engaging and profound analysis of a central aspect of the human condition, for, as Flaherty shows, our experiences of the world around us affect how we experience time.--Qualitative Sociology, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2001Masterful. This is arguably the most comprehensive inquiry to date by a sociologist on the perception of time, its passage and duration. --Barry Glassner, University of Southern CaliforniaA highly original and colorful book, filled with compelling, real life and fictional examples.--Jack Katz, UCLAFlaherty invites us to the fascinating world of the phenomenology of time. Particularly sensitive to the inherent tension between the standard and the idiosyncratic, he offers a cross-situational, generic analysis of the circumstances when there is a considerable discrepancy between clock time and our subjective experience of duration such that we feel that time is either compressed (flies) or protracted (stands still). His examination of such temporal anomalies draws on equally-compelling fictional and real first-person accounts. Clearlyconceptualized and elegantly written, A Watched Pot is phenomenology at its best. --Eviatar Zerubavel, author of Hidden Rhythms and The Seven-Day CircleTime, it has been said, is the enemy. In an era of harried lives, time seems increasingly precious as hours and days telescope and our lives often seem to be flitting past. And yet, at other times, the minutes drag on, each tick of the clock excruciatingly drawn out. What explains this seeming paradox?Based upon a full decade's empirical research, Michael G. Flaherty's new book offers remarkable insights on this most universal human experience. Flaherty surveys hundreds of individuals of all ages in an attempt to ascertain how such phenomena as suffering, violence, danger, boredom, exhilaration, concentration, shock, and novelty influence our perception of time. Their stories make for intriguing reading, by turns familiar and exotic, mundane and dramatic, horrific and funny.A qualitative and quantitative tour de force, A Watched Pot presents what may well be the first fully integrated theory of time and will be of interest to scientists, humanists, social scientists and the educated public alike.A Choice Outstanding Academic Book

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"An engaging and profound analysis of a central aspect of the human condition, for, as Flaherty shows, our experiences of the world around us affect how we experience time."--Qualitative Sociology, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2001

ISBN: 9780814726860
ISBN-10: 0814726860
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 1st November 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Type: New edition

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