About the Author
Eviatar Zerubavel is a professor of sociology at Rutgers
University. He is the author of seven other books, including
Social Mindscapes: An Invitation to Cognitive Sociology,
The Seven-Day Circle: The History and Meaning of the Week,
and The Fine Line: Making Distinctions in Everyday Life.
"[Time Maps] makes scores of powerful points about the
ways collectivities classify the passage of time, documented by
appropriate, usually persuasive, and delightfully unpredictable
illustrations. In the best tradition of symbolic interactionism it
makes an accessible and convincing case for the pragmatic character
of processes of social construction, in this instance of collective
self-understandings and identities mediated through temporal
--Alan Warde "Sociology"
"This is a major contribution to the study of the social shape
of memory." --Eric Hobsbawm "BBC History Magazine"
[Zerubavel's] erudition and insight are dazzling. . . . Here is a
book for historians, educators, and social scientists alike. I
cannot imagine it not appealing . . . to graduate students and
liberal arts undergraduates. No work better captures the generic
forms of collective memory; no investigator defines more clearly
the objects of collective memory scholarship. Time Maps
embodies the research tradition that Eviatar Zerubavel has done so
much to advance.--Barry Schwartz "American Journal of
[Zerubavel] argues for a 'sociomental topography of the past' as a
framework for understanding how time and cognition interact. His
conception, therefore, is at once sociological, mental, and
topographical--it combines influences of social patterns, cognitive
processes, and visual organization. . . . Zerubavel shows that
divisions of time are neither natural nor consensual; rather, they
have particular histories and, more importantly, particular
cultural roles. . . . The point is clear and has a pedigree
reaching back to Durkheim and Mauss: culture's job is
classification, and without classification we have no access to
meaning, whether individual or shared.
--Andrew J. Perrin "Social Forces"
The quest for a universal framework for the study of social time is
certainly audacious. . . . Zerubavel's preliminary exploration
confirms the daunting challenges to such a venture, but he also
draws attention to the many benefits that will accrue to a
sociology that, at long last, takes seriously the centrality of
time in social life.
--Joseph M. Bryant "Contemporary Sociology"