The Time of Anthropology provides a series of compelling anthropological case studies that explore the different temporalities at play in the scientific discourses, governmental techniques and policy practices through which modern life is shaped. Together they constitute a novel analysis of contemporary chronopolitics. The contributions focus on state power, citizenship, and ecologies of time to reveal the scalar properties of chronopolitics as it shifts between everyday lived realities and the macro-institutional work of nation states. The collection charts important new directions for chronopolitical thinking in the future of anthropological research.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Time of Anthropology: Studies of Contemporary Chronopolitics and Chronocracy
Elisabeth Kirtsoglou and Bob Simpson
1. Migrant Imaginaries, Multiple Selves, and the Varieties of Temporal Experience
Michael D. Jackson
2. The Tree and the Net: Spatio-Temporal Narratives of Human Population Genomics
3. The Pulverous State: Chronocracy and Affect in the Politics of Environmental Risk in Italy
4. Contextualising Expectations: Reconfiguring Progressive Politics in the Post-Industrial Era
5. Depressing Time: Waiting, Melancholia, and the Psychoanalytic Practice of Care
Laura Salisbury and Lisa Baraitser
6. Monsoon uncertainties, Hydro-chemical Infrastructures, and Ecological Time in Sri Lanka
Tom Widger and Upul Wickramasinghe
7. Partial Decomposition: Peat and its Life Cycles
8. Anticipatory Nostalgia and Nomadic Temporality: A Case Study of Chronocracy in the Crypto-colony
9. The Moment Ethnography Becomes Past: De-temporalising Ethnographic Nostalgia
Elisabeth Kirtsoglou is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Durham University, UK.
Bob Simpson is Professor of Anthropology at Durham University, UK.