Contributors: Rosa, Hartmut, Prof. Dr. (Universität Jena)
Hartmut Rosa is professor for Sociology and Sociological Theory at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies. Since 2008 he is co-editor-in-chief of the journal “Time and society“.
Hartmut Rosa ist Professor für Allgemeine und Theoretische Soziologie an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena und Direktor des Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien. Seit 2008 ist er Co-Herausgeber der Zeitschrift “Time and Society“.
Scientific paper contribution: The Iron Cage of the Elites: Time Consuming Efforts to Stay on Top
Abstract: From a traditional leftist perspective centered on class-struggle, things are easy: The capitalist economy produces winners and losers. The rich, the winners, gain wealth, time and freedom, while the losers have to sell their time and their autonomy and remain poor at that. With respect to time, the difference is portrayed as the difference between those who can command over their time and those who have to do as they are told (when working). Alas, in my paper, I want to argue that this perspective is 1) not just too simple (for the elites live in an iron cage), it is 2) plain wrong (for time-sovereignty does not necessarily reduce time-pressure) – and it 3) even plays a significant role in reproducing the motivational energies to keep the growth-game in place and motion.