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Time Work

Studies of Temporal Agency

Edited by Michael G. Flaherty, Lotte Meinert and Anne Line Dalsgård
Afterword by Carmen Leccardi

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248 pages, bibliog., index

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Reviews

“The central theme of this book is crucial to our understanding of the present. The conceptual themes of the chapters are very complementary and detailed … an inspiration for study and for readers’ own research. Each is well written, and warmly appreciative of local wisdom.” • Jane Guyer, Johns Hopkins University

“[This book] deals with issues of time, and particularly of people's attempts to manipulate temporal experience. In that way it speaks to a topic that has always been somewhat present in the social sciences, but that only relatively recently sees sustained and in-depth attention.” • Stef Jansen, University of Manchester

Description

Examining how people alter or customize various dimensions of their temporal experience, this volume discovers how we resist external sources of temporal constraint or structure. These ethnographic studies are international in scope and look at many different countries and continents. They come to the overall conclusion that people construct their own circumstances with the intention to modify their experience of time.

Michael G. Flaherty is Professor of Sociology at Eckerd College and the University of South Florida. He is the author of The Textures of Time: Agency and Temporal Experience (Temple University Press, 2011). He was also the recipient of a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (2016-2017).

Lotte Meinert is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University. She is the author of Hopes in Friction: Schooling, Health, and Everyday Life in Uganda (Information Age Publishing, 2009) ans is a co-editor of In the Event: The Anthropology of Generic Moments (Berghahn, 2015).

Anne Line Dalsgård is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University. She is the author of Matters of Life and Longing: Female Sterilisation in Northern Brazil (Museum Tusculanum Press, 2004) and Ethnographies of Youth and Temporality: Time Objectified (Temple University Press, 2014).

Subject: Applied Anthropology Sociology



Contents

PART I: BEGINNINGS, CONCEPTS, AND QUESTIONS

Introduction
Michael G. Flaherty, Anne Line Dalsgård, and Lotte Meinert

Chapter 1. The Lathe of Time: Some Principles of Temporal Agency
Michael G. Flaherty

PART II: TEMPORAL AFFLICTIONS

Chapter 2. Repetition Work: Healing Spirits and Trauma in the Churches of Northern Uganda
Lars Williams and Lotte Meinert

Chapter 3. ADHD and Temporal Experiences: Struggling for Synchronization
Mikka Nielsen

PART III: THE POLITICS OF TIME

Chapter 4. Hacking Time and Looping Temporalities in the Identification of the Adult “Living Disappeared” in Argentina
Noa Vaisman

Chapter 5. Temporal Front and Back Stages: Time Work as Resistance
Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott

PART IV: SPIRITUALITY AND ATHEISM AS TEMPORAL AGENCY

Chapter 6. Se Deus Quiser: Catholicism as Time Work among the Xukuru of Pernambuco
Clarissa Martins Lima

Chapter 7. “It Is Just Doing the Motion”: Atheist Time Work in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan
Maria Louw

PART V: REINVENTING THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Chapter 8. Inventing New Time: Time Work in the Grief Practices of Bereaved Parents
Dorthe Refslund Christensen and Kjetil Sandvik

Chapter 9. Now Is Not: Future Anteriority and a Georgian in Russia
Martin Demant Frederiksen

PART VI: TIME AND DEPRIVATION

Chapter 10. The Work of Waiting: Boredom, Teatime, and Future-Making in Niger
Adeline Masquelier

Chapter 11. Balancing Blood Sugar: Fasting, Feeling, and Time Work During the Egyptian Ramadan
Mille Kjærgaard Thorsen and Anne Line Dalsgård

Afterword
Carmen Leccardi

Index

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