The Seven Day Circle: The History and Meaning of the Week

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University of Chicago Press, Mar 15, 1989 - History - 206 pages
"Days, months, and years were given to us by nature, but we invented the week for ourselves. There is nothing inevitable about a seven-day cycle, or about any other kind of week; it represents an arbitrary rhythm imposed on our activities, unrelated to anything in the natural order. But where the week exists—and there have been many cultures where it doesn't—it is so deeply embedded in our experience that we hardly ever question its rightness, or think of it as an artificial convention; for most of us it is a matter of 'second nature.'

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chapter two The SevenDay Wars
chapter three Cultural Variations on a Theme
chapter four The Harmonics of Timekeeping
chapter five Living with the Week
chapter six Experiencing the Week
chapter seven Culture Not Nature

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About the author (1989)

Eviatar Zerubavel is professor of sociology at Rutgers University. His books include Hidden Rhythms: Schedules and Calendars in Social Life and Patterns of Time in Hospital Life: A Sociological Perspective.

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