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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Foster takes as read Gidden's concept of time-space distanciation; 'objectively' this creates problems of trust with the abstract system that affects Papua New Guinea (PNG) villagers' everyday lives--such as the national money they use in ceremonial contexts.
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 relation between this and the meaning of the technology which supports 'time-space distanciation' is similarly left unexplored.
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.
Giddens coined the phrase, 'time-space distanciation' to convey the degree of systematicity, or synchronization and interdependence of day-to-day activities, found in contemporary social systems.
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.
Indeed, the 'problem of order' in modern society 'is the issue of time-space distanciation'; that is, it is the issue of shrinking temporal and spatial distances and of synchronizing social relations (1984: 153) (see also Harvey 1980; Nowotny 1994; Vattimo 1992).
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).
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.