Seven Day Circle: The History and Meaning of the Week

Seven Day Circle: The History and Meaning of the Week

by Eviatar Zerubavel
     
 

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"Days, months, and years were given to us by nature, but we invented the week for ourselves. There is nothing inevitable about a seven-day cycle, or about any other kind of week; it represents an arbitrary rhythm imposed on our activities, unrelated to anything in the natural order. But where the week exists—and there have been many cultures where it doesn't&

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"Days, months, and years were given to us by nature, but we invented the week for ourselves. There is nothing inevitable about a seven-day cycle, or about any other kind of week; it represents an arbitrary rhythm imposed on our activities, unrelated to anything in the natural order. But where the week exists—and there have been many cultures where it doesn't—it is so deeply embedded in our experience that we hardly ever question its rightness, or think of it as an artificial convention; for most of us it is a matter of 'second nature.'

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Reprint. Originally published in 1985 by the Free Press and Collier Macmillan. Zerubavel (sociology, Rutgers U.) discusses the rhythm that the week--an arbitrary invention--imposes on our activities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226981659
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/15/1989
Edition description:
1
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Eviatar Zerubavel is professor of sociology at Rutgers University. His books include Hidden Rhythms: Schedules and Calendars in Social Life and Patterns of Time in Hospital Life: A Sociological Perspective.

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