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Time and Communication: A Preindustrial Modernisation of the Awareness of Time
University of Gävle, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ämnesavdelningen för historia och statsvetenskap.
2001 (English)In: Scandinavian Economic History Review, ISSN 0358-5522, E-ISSN 1750-2837, Vol. 49, no 2, 55-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is a popular view among scholars that the modern time-concept of everyday life grew as a result of work-organisation and discipline in factories during industrialisation. This concept consists of a greater stress on punctuality and a greater general awareness of time. Without denying this, this essay argues that there might have been other social processes and reasons behind the modern time-concept. In a comparison of early-modern Swedish court evidence covering four different socio-economic milieus and two different decades - the 1650s and the 1730s - some interesting facts are revealed. There are differences between the local communities studied, but the greatest differences occurred over time. This can be explained by a growing demand from the central judicial institutions for clearly written records rather than by a more detailed organisation of time in the communities, since Sweden did not experience a revolution in working conditions over these periods but changes in the bureaucratic strata in the period. One may therefore draw the conclusion that the modern time-concept was not only a result of work-discipline but also of communication, and that its genesis is older than the industrial revolution.

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2001. Vol. 49, no 2, 55-77 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2289DOI: 10.1080/03585522.2001.10419847OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2289DiVA: diva2:118951
Available from: 2007-02-20 Created: 2007-02-20 Last updated: 2012-03-26Bibliographically approved

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