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Time's Social Metaphors: An empirical research

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Ramos Torre, Ramón (2007) Time's Social Metaphors: An empirical research. Time & Society, 16 (2-3). pp. 157-187. ISSN 0961-463X

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The article addresses the analysis of time images furnished by a qualitative research made in Spain on the relations of working time and family/personal time. The analysis focuses on three widespread time metaphors used in day-to-day speeches by social agents. The first one is the metaphor of time as resource for action. Its value is equally economical, moral and political. Used in different context of action, it may mean something that can be either invested, donated generously to others, appropriated for caring for oneself, or spent without purpose with others. The second metaphor represents time as an external environment to which action must adapt. This metaphor shows many variants that represent time as a dynamic/static, repetitive/innovative, ordered/chaotic environment. In this external environment, the agents must resolve the problems of temporal embeddedness, hierarchy and synchronization of their actions. The third metaphor shows time as a horizon of action intentionality where the agents try to construct the meaning of their action and identity. Within this horizon the construction of a significant narrative connecting past and present experiences with future expectations is possible.


Tipo de documento:Artículo
Palabras clave:Plurality of time; Social metaphors; Time metaphors; Time narratives
Materias:Ciencias Sociales > Sociología
Ciencias Sociales > Sociología > Cambio social
Ciencias Sociales > Sociología > Sociología de la educación
Ciencias Sociales > Sociología > Teorías sociológicas
Ciencias Sociales > Sociología > Investigación social
Código ID:37693
Depositado:09 Jun 2016 07:45
Última Modificación:09 Jun 2016 07:45

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