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Naomi Woodspring

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318774

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318774.001.0001

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On time

On time

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Baby Boomers

Naomi Woodspring

Policy Press

‘On time,’ shifts to the voices of the research participants and investigates the meaning of time as defined by them. From this vantage point, research participants discuss varied aspects of time. Through the perspective of relative time, both the mundane, or everyday, and exceptional temporal markers take on different meanings. This chapter explores the meaning of chronology, anniversaries, and the continuity or discontinuity of time. The interpenetration of past, present, and future, as manifested through memory, experience, and action, is investigated. All events are part of the continuity or flow within the temporal dimension, and can pass in a moment or feel like a lifetime. This chapter is a description of temporality from the perspective of those who have experienced the perceptual shift to relative time.

Keywords:   research participants, chronology, anniversaries, continuity of time, discontinuity of time, memory, experience, action, perceptual shift, relative time

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