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Neil J. Smelser and Bob Adamson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273566

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273566.001.0001

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Space and Time: Constraints and Opportunities

Space and Time: Constraints and Opportunities

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Usable Social Science

Neil J. Smelser

John S. Reed

University of California Press

The authors define space and time as universal but culturally variable constraints on social action. Two classical studies on these constraints are summarized. Among the areas emphasized are the symbolic elaboration of space and time in systems of social ranking and status; the seasonal scheduling of social life; the power of the political calendar; time in the organization of economic life; spacial and temporal dimensions of economic development; spatial and temporal dimensions of virtual technology and the information revolution; and spatial and temporal dimensions of globalization processes.

Keywords:   economic development, globalization, information revolution, path dependency, political calendar, short-termism, status symbolization

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