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    Stealing time: contested temporalities, time and state violence

    Bhatia, Monish and Canning, V. (2021) Stealing time: contested temporalities, time and state violence. In: Bhatia, Monish and Canning, V. (eds.) Stealing Time: Migration, Contested Temporalities and State Violence. Palgrave. ISBN 9783030698966. (In Press)

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    Time is an enigma. At once, time is something we can understand and agree on, and yet often have little conceptualisation of: it is our collective human existence, our daily lives, and the years that go by. Time is history and it is the future, something we have watched over or wait to unfold. By all accounts, time in the everyday is a simplistic notion that perhaps few of us stop to focus on. That is, until time becomes our ally or our enemy, something that we can control or lose all autonomy over. The multifarious nature of time and temporalities have been explored and theorised by many social scientists, physical scientists and theorists as a social category (Durkheim, 1912, 2008) as experiential and culturally specific (Mead, 1932, 2002; Turner, 1967) and as a physical attribute inherent to evolution (Hawking, 1989). These have laid foundations for understanding what is meant by time, and if or how such a concept can ever be universal. However, as decolonial scholars have addressed, such constructions may not draw us to understanding how certain forms of time are perforated by globalised inequalities, exclusion and racialised forms of injustice (De Genova, 2002; El-Enany, 2020).


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Temporality, borders, migration, state violence, stealing time, racism, harm
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Monish Bhatia
    Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2021 13:00
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:07


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