time-space distanciation

time-space distanciation

the stretching of social relations and systems across time and space, resulting from advances in human techniques of transport and communications and hence social control (GIDDENS, 1985). See also DISEMBEDDING AND RE-EMBEDDING MECHANISMS.
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The reconstruction of time and space, time-space distanciation as he often calls it, is facilitated by technology, as evidenced in the example of the communications revolution, and it leads in a variety of directions: it weakens the familiar forms of the nation-state while it strengthens feelings of local identity and encourages processes which tend to cut across historically formed boundaries.
The circumstances of global time-space distanciation are fairly precise.
Giddens registers a new situation for intellectual practices when he speaks of the rise of abstract expert systems which dis-embed and displace older traditions, which make more abstract time-space distanciation by their very emergence.
Thus he identifies abstract time-space distanciation as a general medium of global process while its crucial link back to intellectual practices, which could give it a strong comparative sense as well as a basis for criticism grounded in a common sense, is largely ignored.
But before we take this too seriously, let us remember that the core institutions of the setting now structured by abstract time-space distanciation are expert systems on the one hand, and the commodity market on the other.
Structural principles 'allow recognizably consistent forms of time-space distanciation on the basis of definite mechanisms of social integration' (1984: 181).
Together, symbolic tokens and expert systems synchronize actions, engendering the homogenized time-space distanciation of modern systems.
the greater the time-space distanciation of social systems - the more their institutions bite into time and space - the more resistant they are to manipulation or change by any individual agent' (Giddens 1984: 171).
Time-space distanciation is achieved as the structural principles of late capitalism permeate realms formerly regarded as private and as the world economy is increasingly synchronized and coordinated by its logic.
Contemporary information/communication technologies are expert systems that affect time-space distanciation by abbreviating information and by displacing boundaries (Lash and Urry 1994; Kiesler and Sproull 1992).
Time-space distanciation implies a process by which system integration takes place.
Adams writes that Giddens primarily sees time as a measure of chronological distance and stacked information, where time, as in time-space distanciation, represents a measure of stretching across societies, disregarding aspects such as those related to power relations.