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The Sociology of SpeedDigital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities$
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Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198782858

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198782858.001.0001

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The Athleticism of Accomplishment

The Athleticism of Accomplishment

Speed in the Workplace

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The Sociology of Speed

Melissa Gregg

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This chapter draws connections between contemporary productivity tools in the software market and traditions of self-help that developed alongside modern business culture over several generations. The central theme of the chapter is that time management instruction continues in a very similar form today when compared with its earliest formations, which date back to the home economics movement and Taylorist scientific management. Bringing this story up to the present day, this chapter describes how productivity itself has become a lifestyle, a secular athleticism. This aspirational activity produces an aesthetics of accomplishment that helps withstand and legitimate the experience of information jobs that contain few stable goals, rewards, or ends.

Keywords:   scientific management, labor, time, productivity, aesthetics

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