Time–space intensification: Karl Polanyi, the double movement, and global informational capitalism

Ó Riain, Seán (2006) Time–space intensification: Karl Polanyi, the double movement, and global informational capitalism. Theory and Society, 35 (5-6). pp. 507-528.

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This article advances the concept of 'time-space intensification' as an alternative to existing notions of time-space distanciation, compression and embedding that attempt to capture the restructuring of time and space in contemporary advanced capitalism. This concept suggests time and space are intensified in the contemporary period : the social experience of time and space becomes more explicit and more crucial to socioeconomic actors' lives, time and space are mobilized more explicitly in individual and corporate action, and the institutionalization of time and space becomes more politicized. Drawing on Polanyi's concepts of fictitious commodities and the double movement, and developing them through an analysis of work organization and economic development in the Irish software industry, the article argues that the concept of time-space intensification can add significantly to our understanding of key features of the restructuring of the temporal and spatial basis of economic development and work organization.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Time-space intensification, Karl Polanyi, Double Movement
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
Item ID: 554
Depositing User: Prof. Sean O Riain
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2007
Journal or Publication Title: Theory and Society
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes

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