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

ISBN-13: 978-0814726860 ISBN-10: 0814726860
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"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.

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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)

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10 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Montcalm on February 26, 2005
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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...
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