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Temporal Regimes
Materiality, Politics, Technology

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ISBN 9781032018720
September 6, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Temporal Regimes provides a theoretical framework for understanding the temporal structures of society; a conceptually rich, empirically nuanced and culturally embodied account of temporal phenomena in contemporary world.

What does it imply temporal regimes? How the everyday life as well as the global mobilities coordination requires temporal underpinnings? The answers to these questions mean more than simply understanding the general thesis on acceleration or space-time compression on the one hand; but also, a micro-multiple-localised time experience by gender, class or age, on the other. They also mean understanding in an integrative way the very structural temporalities within the everyday lived, embodied and situated ones. They require both a robust and flexible epistemic analysis considering their material bedrock through political and technological forefront dimensions.

Advancing a rigorous, well-grounded theoretical understanding, and offering a useful way to analytically conceptualise the temporal dynamics on our societies, this book will be of interest to advanced students and scholars enquiring a rich set of topics ranging from time and politics, new materialism, conceptual history as well as technology, collective action and social change.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Towards Temporal Regimes

1. Temporal Regimes

2. Temporal Politics: Politicisation of Time and History

3. Temporal Technologies and Technologies of Time

4. Conceptualising Future(s): Progress, Utopia, Acceleration

Conclusions - Between Homogeneity and Heterogeneity: Simultaneous but Non-Synchronic Times

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Felipe Torres holds a Ph.D. in Advanced Cultural and Social Studies from the Max-Weber-Centre, University of Erfurt, Germany. He has published several articles on temporal studies and social theory in Time and Society, RIS, Isegoría, and Cinta de Moebio.


"This is a major piece of theoretical, conceptual and analytical work which yields substantive and highly relevant insights across the humanities and the social sciences. Torres impressively succeeds in formulating a new approach to conceptualize social time through the notion of ‘temporal regime’ in a way that avoids diagnostic reductionism: as he rightly points out, approaches which insist that there is only standardisation, unification and homogenisation in modern temporality overlook the differences, divergencies and multiplicity of social time, while those which insist on the latter tend to miss the strong ‘meta-trends’ such as time-compression or acceleration. Torres’ notion of temporal regimes avoids both pitfalls but allows for the integration of both trends into one concept. On its basis, he also succeeds at presenting a convincing account of late modern social temporality. It will stand as an innovative and original contribution to the notoriously difficult conceptualisation of social time. It is well written, plausibly structured and clearly argued and as such obviously deserves the highest consideration."

Hartmut Rosa, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany. Author of Social Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity

"Fluid, highly readable and profound. This very important book brings together classical and contemporary scholarship in the social studies of time in inventive and synergistic fashion. The notion of time regimes will undoubtedly become indispensable for exploratory and explanatory inquiries across the social sciences that strive to tackle emerging socio-technical phenomena and the process of 21st century capitalist modernity. A must read for sociologists, cultural and social theorists, historians, STS scholars and other researchers interested in how time structures complex dynamics of the present era."

Filip Vostal, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czechia. Author of Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time