Geographies of Time

Barney Warf

in Geography

ISBN: 9780199874002
Published online March 2013 | | DOI:
Geographies of Time

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Time, like space, appears “natural” but is not: every society develops different ways of measuring, organizing, and giving meaning to time. For example, we find time, lose time, make time, invest time, kill time, borrow time, budget time, waste time, run out of time, and so on. Far from being natural, time is a socially created, plastic, mutable institution that profoundly shapes, just as it is shaped by, individual perceptions and social relations. Time is also a deeply geographic phenomenon, experienced and structured in different ways in different spatial contexts. There is thus a geography of time, or more accurately, multiple geographies of time, which can be expressed in a variety of ways.

Article.  5579 words. 

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography ; Human Geography

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