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Social Time & Time Politics

While there is no explicit research project on this subject the focus has guided my writing since the first publication in 1988 and encompasses my futures work. It is a thread that runs through my writing since my PhD thesis. Associated with that work is an explicit acknowledgement of the political nature of writing theory. This recognition applies whether my attention is on social, feminist, anthropological or environmental theory, on education, work or globalization, on social values, responsibility or the social production of hazards.

Time politics as a practical civil society movement has been in existence in Italy since 1985 and more recently in Germany since 2002. In 2004, March 26-8 the Tutzing Time Ecology group has joined forces with this newly formed Time Politics group Zeitpolitik to hold a joint conference at the Evangelische Akademie, Tutzing, Germany entitled Zeitpolitik – Zeit in der Politik, see Evangelische Akademie Tutzing

Publications on Social Time and the Politics of Time


Adam. B. and Groves, C. 2007 Future Matters. Action, Knowledge, Ethics. Leiden and Boston, Mass.: Brill.

Adam. B. 2004 Time, Polity Key Concepts Series, Cambridge, UK &Malden, MA: Polity

Adam. B. 1998 Timescapes of Modernity. The Environment and Invisible Hazards, London/New York: Routledge

Adam. B. 1995 Timewatch: The Social Analysis of Time, Cambridge: Polity Press & Williston, VT: Blackwell

Adam. B. 1990 Time and Social Theory, Cambridge: Polity; Philadelphia: Temple

Edited Books

Whipp, R. Adam, B. and Sabelis, I. 2002 Making Time. Time and Management in Modern Organizations. Oxford: Oxford UP

Adam, B. and Allan, S. 1995 Theorising Culture: An Interdisciplinary Critique After Postmodernism, London: UCL Press, New York: NYUP

Journal Articles

Adam, B. 2005 ‘Memory of Futures', KronoScope 4(1): 297-315 ISSN 1567-715x.

Harris, P., Lewis, J. and Adam, B. 2004 with 'Time, Sustainable Transport and the Politics of Speed' World Transport Policy and Practice, 10(2): 5 –11 ISSN 1352-7614

Adam, B. 2003 ‘When Time is Money: Contested Rationalities of Time in the Theory and Practice of Work’, Theoria 102: 94-125

Adam, B. 2003 ‘Reflexive Modernization Temporalized’, Theory, Culture & Society 20(2):59-78

Adam, B. 2002 ‘The Gendered Time Politics of Globalisation: of Shadowlands and Elusive Justice’ Feminist Review 70:3-29

Adam, B. 1999 ‘Cuando el tiempo es dinero: racionalidades concurrentes sobre el tiempo y retos para la teoría y la práctica del trabajo’, Sociología del Trabajo, nueva época

Adam, B. 1998 ‘Values in the Cultural Timescapes of Science’ Cultural Values, 2,2/3:385-402,

Adam, B. 1996 ‘Beyond the Present: Nature, Technology and the Democratic Ideal’, Time & Society 5,3:319-338

Adam, B. 1995 `Time for Feminist Approaches to Technology, "Nature" and Work' Arena 4:91-105.

Adam, B. 1994 `Beyond Boundaries: Time for Reconceptualisation in the Face of Global Challenges' Social Science Information sur les sciences sociales, 33:597-620.

Adam, B. 1993 `Within and Beyond the Time Economy of Employment Relations', Social Science Information sur les sciences sociales, 32:163-84.

Adam, B. 1992 `Modern Times: The Technology Connection and its Implications for Social Theory.' Time and Society, 1:175-92.

Adam, B. 1989 `Feminist Social Theory Needs Time. Reflections on the Relation between Feminist Thought, Social Theory and Time as an Important Parameter in Social Analysis', Sociological Review, 37:458-73.

Book Chapters

Adam, B. 2004 ‘Of Metaphors, Morals and Memories – Reflections on Socio-environmental Action from a Temporal Perspective' in Jochimsen, M. A., Kesting, S. and Knoblauch, U. eds. Lebensweltökonomie, Bielefeld: Kleine Verlag, pp.199-216

Adam, B. 2004 ‘Cosmopolis and Chronopolis: Towards a Responsible Polity of Spatial and Temporal Equity' in Poferl, A. and Sznaider, N. eds. Ulrich Beck's kosmopolitisches Projekt. Auf dem Weg in eine andere Soziologie, Baden-Baden : Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, pp. 205-217

Adam, B. Whipp, R and Sabelis, I. 2002 ‘Choreographing Time and Management: Traditions, Developments and Opportunities’ in Whipp, R. Adam, B. and Sabelis, I. eds. Making Time. Time and Management in Modern Organizations. Oxford: Oxford UP, pp. 1-28

Adam, B. 2001 ‘Zeitpolitik und Gender: Eine zeitokologische Perspektive für Umweltsoziologie’ in Nebelung, A., Poferl, A. and Schultz, I. eds. Geschlechterverhältnisse – Naturverhältnisse. Feministische Auseinandersetzungen und Perspektiven der Umweltsoziologie.Opladen: Leske & Budrich, pp 227-244

Adam, B. 2000 Educating the Public’ in H Heid, E-H Hoff and K Rodax (eds) Ökologische Kompetenz (Jahrbuch Bildung und Arbeit 98) Opladen: Leske & Brudrich pp146-162

Adam, B. 2000 ‘Time for Change. Creating Timescapes of Responsibility’ in C Mendes and E Rodriguez Larreta (eds) Time in the Making and Possible Futures pp.151-172 Rio de Janeiro: UNESCO/ISSC/EDUCAM

Adam, B. 1999 ‘Un/Learning the Habits of Clock Time: Re-Vision Time for Time in Education’ in C. Symes and D. Meadmore (eds) The Extra-Ordinary School: Parergonality & Pedagogy. New York: Peter Lang Publ. Inc. pp. 103-128

Adam, B. 1999 ‘Naturzeiten, Kulturzeiten und Gender - Zum Konzept “Timescape”, in S Hofmeister und M Spitzner (eds) Zeitlandschaften. Perspektiven öko-sozialer Zeitpolitik.Stuttgart: Hirzel.

Adam, B. 1999 ‘La responsbilita e la dimensione temporale della scienzia, della tecnologia e della natura’ in C. Leccardi (ed) Limiti della modernita. Trasformazioni del mondo e della conoscenza. Roma: Carocci editore pp 39-58

Adam, B. 1998 ‘Values in the Cultural Timescapes of Science’, in S Lash, A Quick, and R Roberts, eds. Time and Value. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 227-244

Adam, B. 1995 `The Temporal Landscape of Global/ising Culture and the Paradox of Postmodern Futures, in B. Adam and S. Allan (eds) Theorising Culture: An Interdisciplinary Critique After Postmodernism, London: UCL Press, New York: NYUP, pp. 249-62.

Adam, B. 1995 `De-Traditionalisation and the Certainty of an Uncertain Future' in P. Heelas, S. Lash and P. Morris (eds) Detraditionalisation: Authority and Self in an Age of Cultural Uncertainty, Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 134-48.

Adam, B. 1994 `Perceptions of Time', in T. Ingold (ed.) Humanity, Culture and Social Life, Companion Encyclopaedia of Anthropology, London: Routledge pp. 503-26.

Adam, B. 1992 `Time and Health Implicated: A Conceptual Critique', pp. 153-64 in R. Frankenberg (ed.) Time, Health and Medicine, London: Sage

Adam, B. 1992 `There is more to Time in Education than Calendars and Clocks', pp. 18-34 in M. Morrison, (ed.) Managing Time for Education. Warwick: University of Warwick

Adam, B. 1988 `Social versus Natural Time: A Traditional Distinction Re-examined', in M. Young and T. Schuller (eds), The Rhythms of Society, Routledge & Kegan Paul, pp. 174-97.