This book explores the relevance of classical ideas in the anthropology of time tothe way we understand history, participate in the events around us, and experienceour lives. Time is not just an abstract principle we live by or a local cultural construct: it is shaped, punctuated, organized, and suffered in complex ways by real people negotiating their lives and relations with others. Space may be opened up for politics, violence or revolutionary change within the framework of ceremonial markers of social time: holy days, festivals and carnivals. People create and recreate patterns in the way they imagine the past, present and future at such moments, through material objects, language, symbolic action and bodily experience. The rhythms of social life, including periodic episodes of sacred or special time, interact with 'historical events' in strange ways. They are fundamental not only to the human condition but to the making andremembering of history, as well as to what we recognize as the unexpected or abnormal. The Qualities of Time brings anthropologists and archaeologists together in a new conversation about the 'patterns' of our understanding and experience of time. The authors reflect on how we should interpret evidence about the distant past, andhow far the structuring of social time is a human universal. They also consider whether anthropology itself has been so oriented to the present it has still to develop ways of dealing with temporality. The interactions of time-structures, ceremonials, and specific historical events, including violence inspired by the millennium, are interrogated. The experience of individuals who feel the times are for them 'out of joint' is also examined. By combining socio-cultural, philosophical and historical approaches, thisthought-provoking book moves anthropological debates about time's qualities wellbeyond existing studies.This book explores the relevance of classical ideas in the anthropology of time toth

chapter |15 pages

Introduction: From Representation to Action in the Flow of Time

ByWendy James, David Mills

part Part I|53 pages

Objects and Places as Signs of the Past

chapter 1|16 pages

The Material Culture of Memory

ByPaul Lane

chapter 3|15 pages

The Time of Place in West Mexico

ByTrevor Stack

part Part II|81 pages

Mythical Times, Presentism, and the Critique from History

part Part III|31 pages

Modern Times?

part Part IV|64 pages

Countering the Metanarratives

chapter 10|15 pages

Quartering Sheep at Carnival in Sud Lípez, Bolivia

ByMaggie Bolton

chapter 11|16 pages

Bandits and Heroes: Time and Place in Central China

ByMary Rack

chapter 12|16 pages

The Persistence of Multiple-religious Practices in South-west Ethiopia

ByWolde Gossa Tadesse

part Part V|66 pages

Cosmologies and the Making of History

chapter 14|15 pages

The ‘Rounds’ of Time: Time, History and Society in Borana Oromo

ByGemetchu Megerssa, Aneesa Kassam

chapter 15|17 pages

Cutting Time: Beads, Sex and Songs in the Making of Samburu Memory

ByBilinda Straight

part Part VI|52 pages

Persons In and Out of Time