Reform Of Time: Magic and Modernity / Edition 1

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First edition. Illustrated. Paperback. Fine. The decline of magic is generally discussed in the context of the rise of scientific knowledge and the spread of education. In this ... original critique, Maureen Perkins challenges such interpretations and argues that the nineteenth-century marginalisation of ?superstition' is part of a social history of time management. Perkins summarises the development of a sense of British temporal superiority and tackles enduring questions of colonialisation and class from the unusual angle of beliefs about time. She relates differing concepts of time to colonial discourse, particularly in relation to gypsies and Australian Aborigines, and to the development of national identity in calendar illustrations. She surveys technological developments in the calculation of time, and assesses the role of popular beliefs in astrology, books of fate, and prophetic dreaming. This fascinating study reveals how the increasing importance of accurate measurement of time in the modern wor Read more Show Less

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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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Perkins (communication and cultural studies, Curtin U. of Technology) challenges the idea that the decline of magic is the result of the rise of scientific knowledge and the spread of education. She argues that 19th-century marginalization of superstition is part of a social history of time management. In th course of her discussion she relates differing concepts of time to colonial discourse, surveys technological developments in the calculation of time, and assesses the role of popular beliefs in astrology, books of fate, and prophetic dreaming. Distributed by Stylus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745317281
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maureen Perkins is a Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Cultural Studies at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia,. She is the author of Visions of the Future: Almanacs, Time, and Cultural Change 1775 - 1870 (OUP, 1996), and editor of 'Third Space and Cross-Cultural Identities' an edition of the electronic journal Mots Pluriels.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Superstition and Progress 1
1 Clocks, Calendars and Centralisation 19
The Clock 22
The Calendar 25
The Future 33
2 Fortune-Telling 40
3 The Intrepretation of Dreams 59
The Status of Dreams 59
Books of Fate and Dream Books 65
Women and Superstition 70
Condemnation of Dream Books 74
Dreams and Rationality 80
Conclusion 83
4 Timeless Cultures 84
The Wandering Tribes 87
Timeless Cultures 92
The Future 100
5 Calendar Girls 103
Conclusion 126
Notes 131
Select Bibliography 148
Index 157
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