Beschleunigung. Die Veränderung der Zeitstruktur in der Moderne
(Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 1760)
Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp Verlag 2005
537 pp., Euro 17,-; ISBN 3-518-29360-85

Acceleration. Changing time structure in modernity
Rosa discusses the categorial foundation of a systematic theory of social acceleration; its phenomenology; causes (economy and its cultural pendant: the promises of acceleration, and the social-structural motor; power and war: the state and the military complex as accelerators), and consequences: globalization, postmodernity; situative identity (drifters and players), and situative politics: time in politics, and the de-temporalization of history in late modernity. Finally Rosa discusses a new positioning of modernity and questions relating to the ‚end of history´ In general, the author assesses the increasing dynamization of societal conditions, visible in the recent political and digital wave of acceleration termed ‚globalization´, and to analyze its cultural and structural causes – and repercussions on individual lives and collective living. Results point to the perception of a motionless and frozen, or solidified spiral of aggravation.

Keywords: acceleration, modernity, military as accelerator, globalization, postmodernity, dynamization of societal conditions, history and acceleration