Das Diktat der Uhr. Zeitformen, Zeitkonflikte, Zeitperspektiven
(Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 1798)
Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp Verlag 2006
260 pp., Euro 15,-; ISBN 3-518-41678-2

Time watch. The social analysis of time
In this book, originally published in English in 1995, Adam aims at overcoming a narrow notion of time tied to clocks and the calendar, and instead focuses on the time(s) of social interaction, structures, practices and forms of knowledge, the time of the artificial, the body, and environment, which includes numerous quotations from various persons elaborating on aspects of specific time. General topics are: time and health, life and death, enculturing durational time, the time economy of work/labor, global times and the omnipresence of electronic communication, the time of the global environmental crisis, and postmodernism as a challenge for the social sciences.

Keywords: time notions, apprehensions of time, work time, health and time, death and time, durational time, varieties of time