Problem

Temporal imperialism

Other Names:
Imposition of exogenous time standards
Nature:
Western-dominated industrialization has resulted in the imposition on developing countries of time standards, patterns of scheduling, and work rhythms which are foreign to the traditional rhythms of those cultures. In such cultures time awareness is not cued to mechanical clock time or a well-defined concept of efficiency. As a result people may experience difficulty in adjusting to other rhythms and may experience them as damaging to their culture and life-style.
Incidence:
Before the dissolution of the former Soviet Union, the railway system in the USSR crossed seven time zones, but it was always Moscow time inside a train or railway station.
Broader Problems:
Cultural repression
Narrower Problems:
Undue haste
Related Problems:
Inadequate world calendar
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
21.02.1997 – 00:00 CET