Allen C. Bluedorn; The Textures of Time: Agency and Temporal Experience By Michael G. Flaherty Temple University Press, 2011, 192 pages. $25.95 paper. Social Forces 2014; 93 (1): e19. doi: 10.1093/sf/sos052
In The Textures of Time: Agency and Temporal Experience, Michael Flaherty presents the reader with two books intertwined in one. The more explicit book is an empirically based investigation of true “time management.” Not the how-to-use-your-to-do-list-more-effectively meaning that phrase has in everyday usage, but rather an examination of choices people make regarding temporal matters and how those choices affect their temporal experiences, indeed, how they affect the temporal structure of their lives (Flaherty calls this “time work” rather than “time management”). The other book is intermingled with the time book, but its volume-length existence becomes clear only after one reads the entire book and reflects upon it. This book addresses the social science debate about determinism and agency. Although these two books are interwoven throughout the volume, here I shall treat them separately before reaching a conclusion about the volume as a whole.