"An engaging and profound analysis of a central aspect of the human condition, for, as Flaherty shows, our experiences of the world around us affect how we experience time."-Qualitative Sociology,Vol. 24, No. 3, 2001
"Masterful. This is arguably the most comprehensive inquiry to date by a sociologist on the perception of time, its passage and duration."-Barry Glassner,University of Southern California
"Flaherty invites us to the fascinating world of the phenomenology of time. Particularly sensitive to the inherent tension between the standard and the idiosyncratic, he offers a cross-situational, generic analysis of the circumstances when there is a considerable discrepancy between clock time and our subjective experience of duration such that we feel that time is either compressed (‘flies') or protracted (‘stands still'). . . . Clearly conceptualized and elegantly written, A Watched Pot is phenomenology at its best."-Eviatar Zerubavel,author of Hidden Rhythms and The Seven Day Circle
"A highly original and colorful book, filled with compelling, real life and fictional examples."-Jack Katz,UCLA
About the Author
Michael Flaherty is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.