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Bluedorn – 2002 – Temporal realities (Chapter 2)

Summary: Discussion of ways people experience temporality in different ways — as equivalent/homogeneous fungible moments and distinct/heterogeneous epochal times. In each case, these temporal realities help to coordinate social activities and convey meanings about them through relatedness/contrasts. Adam, Giddens, McGrath, and Orlikowski are cited.


Foundational concepts in this study: sociotemporality, theory, history of time studies

Agreement in related work:

Contested areas: Time is a highly contested topic. Bluedorn presents several approaches to the study of time: Some believe time is binary, duality, or hierarchical and others (in physics, thermodynamics, metaphysics) propose that time flows in a particular direction. The multiple, hierarchical views of time are most often rooted in biology and physics. Sociological and sociocultural theories of time embedded in hierarchies don’t seem to have caught on. Other than Fraser, I haven’t seen these mentioned elsewhere.

Gaps/Limits in this study:

Connections to my work: sociotemporality, sensemaking, metaphor, language of time, temporal theory

Annotated paper:

Bluedorn – 2002 – Ch 2 Temporal realities

Published inannotationstemporality