1st Edition

Time, Globalization and Human Experience Interdisciplinary Explorations

    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited volume focuses on the intersection of time and globalization, as manifested across a variety of economic, political, cultural, and environmental contexts. Since David Harvey’s influential characterization of globalization as "time-space compression", ample research has looked at the spatial aspect of the phenomenon, yet few have focused on globalization’s temporal aspects. Meanwhile, other publications have analysed problems of speed, acceleration, and the commodification of time, but while it often serves as the implicit or explicit backdrop for these studies of time, globalization is not investigated as a problem or a question in its own right. In response, this volume develops these conversations to consider how time shapes globalization, and how globalization affects our experience of time.

    The interplay between varying aspects of the human experiences of time and globalization requires the type of interdisciplinary approach that this volume takes. The contributors advance an understanding of global time(s) as an arena of contestation, with social, political, ecological, and cultural implications for human and other lives. In considering the diverse valences of time and globalization, they illuminate problems as well as possibilities. Topics covered include emerging infectious diseases, temporal sovereignty, worker exploitation and resistance, chronobiology, energy politics, activism and hope, and literary and cinematic representations of counter-temporalities, offering a rich and varied account of global times.

    This volume will be of great interest to students and researchers from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, cultural studies, globalization, international relations, literary studies, political science, social theory, and sociology.

    1. Introduction

    [Paul Huebener, Susie O'Brien, Tony Porter, Liam Stockdale, and Yanqiu Rachel Zhou]

    2. Time and Sovereignty in the Neoliberal Global Hegemony

    [Robert Hassan]

    3. Time, Worker Exploitation and Global Capitalism

    [Wayne Hope]

    4. Closing the Loop on Financialization and Scenario Planning

    [Simon Orpana]

    5. Imagined Futures and Exceptional Presents: A Conceptual Critique of Preemptive Security]

    [Liam Stockdale]

    6. While the West Sleeps

    [Kevin Birth]

    7. Accelerated contagion and response: Understanding the relationships among globalization, time, and disease

    [Yanqiu Rachel Zhou and William D. Coleman]

    8. The Inertia of Energy: Pipelines and Temporal Politics

    [Brent Ryan Bellamy]

    9. Yugoslavism: History, Temporality, and the Search for Alternative Modes of Political Critique

    [Petra Rethmann]

    10. The Rhythms of the Global

    [Adam Barrows]

    11. Checked Baggage: An Afterward for Time and Globalization

    [Sarah Sharma]


    Paul Huebener is an Assistant Professor of English in the Centre for Humanities at Athabasca University, Canada.

    Susie O’Brien is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, Canada.

    Tony Porter is Professor of Political Science, McMaster University, Canada.

    Liam Stockdale is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching at McMaster University, Canada.

    Yanqiu Rachel Zhou is an Associate Professor at the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition and the School of Social Work, McMaster University, Canada.

    'This vibrant collection provides a nuanced, multifaceted exploration of the intricacies of the temporal and the global, especially in relation to human imagination and sociality. A must for scholars from across the disciplines interested in processes and practices connected to globalization.' Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies, University of Alberta, Canada

    'Because it opens up and deepens the ways we can think critically of time and temporality – and shows why doing so is more urgent than ever - this volume is essential reading.' - Robert Latham, York University, Toronto, Canada