Hodges, Matt (2008) Rethinking Time’s Arrow: Bergson, Deleuze and the Anthropology of Time. Anthropological Theory, 8 (4). pp. 399-429. ISSN 1463-4996.
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Since the early 1970s, time has come to the fore as a constitutive element of social analysis in the guise of what I term here 'fluid time'. Anthropologists of multiple theoretical persuasions now take for granted that social life exists in 'time', 'flow', or 'flux', and this temporal ontology is commonly accepted as a universal, if habitually unquestioned, attribute of human experience. Similarly, it underpins today's dominant paradigm of 'processual' analysis, in its many forms. Yet this concept is notably under-theorized, in keeping with a history of uneven study by social scientists of time. In this article I draw on anthropological approaches by Gell and Munn, and philosophical work by Bergson and Deleuze, to put forward a critical theorization. I then discuss its ramifications. Ultimately, I argue that this model points to a rapprochement between the anthropological study of time and history, sociality and temporality, and an enhanced role for temporal analysis in anthropological theory.
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology|
|Depositing User:||Matthew Hodges|
|Date Deposited:||10 May 2011 16:49|
|Last Modified:||06 Jan 2012 12:01|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27777 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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