chapter  8
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Engineering knowing in the digital workplace: aligning materiality and sociality through action


This chapter offers different way of thinking about time, and draws on Marxist and feminist theoretical perspectives and transnational discussions about this theme. It presents three empirical case studies from Finland, England and Germany, which illustrates particular ways in which time orders and brought into tension in the current phase of capitalism. The chapter focuses on how move forwards from an analysis of this political economy towards an ethically sensitive politics of time and professional responsibility. Dominant social groups have ruptured established historical time orders by generating and imposing a new, neo-liberal period sharpened by the current moment of global economic crisis. As Haug points out: 'The art of politics is about building connections and creating a space of orientation which can re-contextualize fragmented struggles'. Without this approach, the problems addressed by local struggles can simply be shifted elsewhere; even their victories can be 'used to defuse and depoliticize that is, domesticate the crucial significance of the local effort'.