A Watched Pot and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

A Watched Pot: How We Experience Time Paperback – November 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0814726860 ISBN-10: 0814726860
Buy used
Buy new
Used & new from other sellers Delivery options vary per offer
46 used & new from $4.60
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
Paperback, November 1, 2000
"Please retry"
$19.10 $4.60
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

Hero Quick Promo
Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now
$23.75 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

A Watched Pot: How We Experience Time + The Textures of Time: Agency and Temporal Experience + A Geography Of Time: The Temporal Misadventures of a Social Psychologist
Price for all three: $62.76

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews


"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.


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814726860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814726860
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,868,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

2.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Montcalm on February 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
The style: a clever high-school student's essay. Formulaic. Exhaustive. The writing: from one professor to another. Cold. Impressive unnecessary vocabulary usage. Goal: to reinforce in five hundred examples what you already know about time duration. It's like a pointless term paper posing as a breakthrough academic study. I guess I was expecting something stimulating about how our brain creates "time" through processes and orders. Turns out the title was the only thing clever about the book. But it is relatively short, so if you're bored and want to personally experience the warping of minutes into hours...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
A Watched Pot: How We Experience Time
This item: A Watched Pot: How We Experience Time
Price: $23.75
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com