Maurizio Ghisleni

Presence, absence and delocalization: the indirect interactions and the time-space distanciation

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Keywords: Direct and Indirect Interaction; Disembedding and Reembedding; Giddens; Presence-Absence; Time-Space Distanctiation.

We live in societies where the indirect interactions are increasingly important. These interactions are marked by the absence between people who interact staying in different temporal and spatial situations. Between the logic of these interactions and that of face to face ones there are relevant differences. In this article, we focus on this argument. It is divided in two sections. In the first one, we discuss one of the most important category in this regard: the notion of «time-space distanciation» proposed by Giddens. In the second section, we expand his theoretical framework to a number of other issues. We emphasize the importance of technology in order to indirect interactions. From telephone to internet, there is a technology of everyday life which gives rise to a transformation in sociality, that we call «intellectualization of social life». The growth of indirect interactions is a sign of this intellectualization. But this does not mean the birth of an immaterial society. It is only a new kind of time-space structuration of social reality.

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