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

Overview

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.

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


1. Clocks, Calendars and Centralisation
2. Fortune-telling
3. The Interpretation of Dreams
4. Imperial Futures
5. Calendar Girls
6. Timeless Cultures
Index

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