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Culture, Capitalism, and Democracy in the New America$
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Richard Brown

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100259

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100259.001.0001

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Transformations of American Space and Time

Transformations of American Space and Time

(p.172) Chapter 6 Transformations of American Space and Time
Culture, Capitalism, and Democracy in the New America

Richard Harvey Brown

Yale University Press

This chapter, which explores the effect of changing material and ideological conditions on the definition and manipulation of the spatiotemporal dimensions of American life, first considers the social character of time and space and how people use them to organize their behaviors and beliefs. It then examines how American space–time altered with changes in capitalism, from early industrialization to the current postmodern capitalism of consumption. The chapter argues that postindustrial or postmodern capitalism alters temporality and spatiality, and demonstrates how industrial capitalism shaped Americans' centripetal and centrifugal conceptions of temporality and social mobility. It concludes with a discussion of the coexistence of multiple spatialities and temporalities and their contradictions, along with the strategies of stabilization that have been invented by Americans to cope with them by seeking to naturalize social life.

Keywords:   space, time, temporality, spatiality, capitalism, consumption, social mobility, social life, stabilization

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