The Standardization of Time: A Sociohistorical Perspective

  title={The Standardization of Time: A Sociohistorical Perspective},
  author={Eviatar Zerubavel},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1 - 23}
  • E. Zerubavel
  • Published 1 July 1982
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Sociology
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