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The Sociology of Speed: Digital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities

Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd


The purpose of this book is to bring a much-needed sociological perspective to bear on speed: it examines how speed and acceleration came to signify the zeitgeist, and explores the political implications of this. Among the major questions addressed are: when did acceleration become the primary rationale for technological innovation and the key measure of social progress? Is acceleration occurring across all sectors of society and all aspects of life, or are some groups able to mobilise speed as a resource while others are marginalised and excluded? Does the growing centrality of technological ... More

Keywords: Speed, sociology, time, temporality, technology, social theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198782858
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198782858.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judy Wajcman, editor
Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics, Visiting Professor, Oxford Internet Institute

Nigel Dodd, editor
Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics

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Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd

Part I Theories

1 Simmel and Benjamin

Nigel Dodd and Judy Wajcman

Part II Materialities

4 Capital’s Geodesic

Donald MacKenzie

Part III Temporalities

10 Bending Time to a New End

Ingrid Erickson and Melissa Mazmanian

11 Speed, Time, Infrastructure

Steven J. Jackson

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