1st Edition

The Time of Anthropology Studies of Contemporary Chronopolitics

Edited By Elisabeth Kirtsoglou, Bob Simpson Copyright 2021
    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    The Introduction and Chapters 5, 6, and 8 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

    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

    Peter Wade

    3. The Pulverous State: Chronocracy and Affect in the Politics of Environmental Risk in Italy

    Mateusz Laszczkowski

    4. Contextualising Expectations: Reconfiguring Progressive Politics in the Post-Industrial Era

    Felix Ringel

    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

    Richard Irvine

    8. Anticipatory Nostalgia and Nomadic Temporality: A Case Study of Chronocracy in the Crypto-colony

    Elisabeth Kirtsoglou

    9. The Moment Ethnography Becomes Past: De-temporalising Ethnographic Nostalgia

    Dimitrios Theodossopoulos


    Elisabeth Kirtsoglou is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Durham University, UK.

    Bob Simpson is Professor of Anthropology at Durham University, UK.