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 https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

chapter |30 pages


The time of anthropology: studies of contemporary chronopolitics and chronocracy
ByElisabeth Kirtsoglou, Bob Simpson
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chapter 2|20 pages

The tree and the net

Spatio-temporal narratives of human population genomics
ByPeter Wade

chapter 3|19 pages

The pulverous state

Chronocracy and affect in the politics of environmental risk in Italy
ByMateusz Laszczkowski

chapter 4|19 pages

Contextualising expectations

Reconfiguring progressive politics in the post-industrial era
ByFelix Ringel

chapter 5|20 pages

Depressing time

Waiting, melancholia, and the psychoanalytic practice of care
ByLaura Salisbury, Lisa Baraitser
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chapter 6|19 pages

Monsoon uncertainties, hydro-chemical infrastructures, and ecological time in Sri Lanka

ByTom Widger, Upul Wickramasinghe
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chapter 7|17 pages

Partial decomposition

Peat and its life cycles
ByRichard Irvine

chapter 8|28 pages

Anticipatory nostalgia and nomadic temporality

A case study of chronocracy in the crypto-colony
ByElisabeth Kirtsoglou
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chapter 9|17 pages

The moment ethnography becomes past

De-temporalising ethnographic nostalgia
ByDimitrios Theodossopoulos