Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 3(7), pp. 335 - 341
DOI: 10.13189/sa.2015.030702
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Social Time, Fact or Fiction? Several Considerations on the Topic

Jiri Subrt *
Department of Historical Sociology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Czech Republic


In 1937 P. A. Sorokin, together with R. K. Merton, published an essay entitled Social Time: A Methodological and Functional Analysis, in the American Journal of Sociology. They noted that most social scientists share in a silent assumption about the use of the astronomical concept of evenly flowing, quantitative time, and maintained that the astronomical concept of time has a number of shortcomings when applied in the social sphere, so they tried to promote the concept of "social time" as a methodological tool, to lead to a deeper understanding of social periodicity. Since then, the concept of social time has become settled in sociology and social sciences and been the subject of various reflections. This paper examines the problems associated with its use.

Sociological Theory, Time, Social Time, Qualitative Time, Time Arrow

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[1] Jiri Subrt , "Social Time, Fact or Fiction? Several Considerations on the Topic," Sociology and Anthropology, Vol. 3, No. 7, pp. 335 - 341, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/sa.2015.030702.

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Jiri Subrt (2015). Social Time, Fact or Fiction? Several Considerations on the Topic. Sociology and Anthropology, 3(7), 335 - 341. DOI: 10.13189/sa.2015.030702.