Reform Of Time: Magic and Modernity / Edition 1

Reform Of Time: Magic and Modernity / Edition 1

by Maureen Perkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745317286

ISBN-13: 9780745317281

Pub. Date: 03/20/2001

Publisher: Pluto Press

In this fascinating study, Maureen Perkins looks at the concept of time - and how we measure it - to see what it reveals about struggles for control and autonomy throughout history. Linking the decline of superstition in the nineteenth century to the discovery of mechanisms to measure time, Perkins argues that this marginalization of superstition is part of a social…  See more details below

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In this fascinating study, Maureen Perkins looks at the concept of time - and how we measure it - to see what it reveals about struggles for control and autonomy throughout history. Linking the decline of superstition in the nineteenth century to the discovery of mechanisms to measure time, Perkins argues that this marginalization of superstition is part of a social history of time management.

The decline of magic is usually discussed in terms of the rise of scientific knowledge and the spread of education. Here, Perkins gives unique insight into the way in which the ruling classes used the technology to invent new concepts of time to increase their control over the lives of their subjects. Approaching enduring questions of colonialisation and class from an unusual angle, she relates differing concepts of time to colonial discourse, particularly in relation to gypsies and to Australian Aborigines and finally to the development of national identity in calendar illustrations. The book also explores astrology and prophetic dreaming.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745317281
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
03/20/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Superstition and Progress1
1Clocks, Calendars and Centralisation19
The Clock22
The Calendar25
The Future33
2Fortune-Telling40
3The Intrepretation of Dreams59
The Status of Dreams59
Books of Fate and Dream Books65
Women and Superstition70
Condemnation of Dream Books74
Dreams and Rationality80
Conclusion83
4Timeless Cultures84
The Wandering Tribes87
Timeless Cultures92
The Future100
5Calendar Girls103
Conclusion126
Notes131
Select Bibliography148
Index157

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