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Although numerous disciplines recognize multiple ways of conceptualizing time,
Stefan Tanaka argues that scholars still overwhelmingly operate on
chronological and linear Newtonian or classical time that emerged during the
Enlightenment. This short, approachable book implores the humanities and
humanistic social sciences to actively embrace the richness of different times
that are evident in non-modern societies and have become common in several
scientific fields throughout the twentieth century. Tanaka first offers a
history of chronology by showing how the social structures built on clocks and
calendars gained material expression. Tanaka then proposes that we can move
away from this chronology by considering how contemporary scientific
understandings of time might be adapted to reconceive the present and pasts.
This opens up a conversation that allows for the possibility of other ways to
know about and re-present pasts. A multiplicity of times will help us broaden
the historical horizon by embracing the heterogeneity of our lives and world
via rethinking the complex interaction between stability, repetition, and
change. This history without chronology also allows for incorporating the
affordances of digital media.
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