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Time Work: Studies of Temporal Agency

How people change time and modify their temporal experience is investigated from an international scope in a new book co-edited by former AIAS Fellow Michael G. Flaherty from Eckerd College and the University of South Florida, together with anthropologists Lotte Meinert and Anne Line Dalsgård from Aarhus University.

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This book is entitled TIME WORK: Studies of Temporal Agency, and it was published by Berghahn Books in June of 2020. Examining how diverse people alter or customize various dimensions of time and temporal experience, this edited volume reveals how we resist external sources of temporal constraint or structure.

The research examines whether the theory of time work is applicable to people from different societies and cultural arrangements. This book is an edited collection of ethnographic studies by anthropologists and sociologists. Their vivid and insightful research is international in scope, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Niger, Russia, Uganda, and the United States.

The book is a product of ongoing collaboration between Flaherty and a team of anthropologists at Aarhus University in Denmark. During the academic year 2016-2017, Flaherty was a senior fellow and visiting professor with Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS). With funding and other support from AIAS, Flaherty, Dalsgård, and Meinert organized a symposium at AIAS in 2017 called Time Work: New Research on Temporal Agency. The symposium brought together a distinguished group of interdisciplinary scholars to share their most recent research. Their papers were later subjected to peer review, edited, and then collected into the new book: TIME WORK.

The new book reveals ways in which people attempt to exercise some control over their own temporal experience. The findings from these studies show us that people construct their own circumstances with the intention to modify their experience of time. 

More about the book

TIME WORK: Studies of Temporal Agency edited by Michael G. Flaherty, Lotte Meinert, and Anne Line Dalsgård. Berghahn Books, 2020:



Michael G. Flaherty, AIAS Former Fellow and Professor of Sociology,
E-mail: flahermg@eckerd.edu

Eckerd College and the University of South Florida, USA