Patterns of Time in Hospital Life
A Sociological Perspective
Patterns of Time will be valued for its several distinctive achievements. Foremost among these is a demonstration of the importance of "temporality" as a topic in its own right. Because measurements of time are a commonplace of social life, sociologists have tended to ignore the significance of temporality as a feature of social organizations. Zerubavel's work is a corrective to this neglect. In addition, the author's imaginative integration of ethnographic description and theoretical analysis bridges the gap between contrasting methods that has characterized much recent sociological and anthropological work. Finally, because of the author's selection of the hospital setting, sociologists of medicine and the professions will find his study useful for its rich and well-observed ethnography, as well as its novel analytical approach.
1. Social Cycles: The Rhythmic Structure of Social Life
2. Continuous Coverage: The Temporal Structure of Responsibility
3. The Temporal Division of Labor
4. Sociotemporal Reference Frameworks
5. Sociotemporal Order