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Critical Time

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Abstract:

A politics of time is hidden in the way we approach our objects and areas of inquiry. This includes media, organizations, social movements, technologies, publics, social spaces, identity politics and the environment. Claims upon time are made when we locate power and the various possibilities for social change. In this moment, marked by technological speed up, there is a pervading cultural sense of being short on time. Increasingly time figures within the field and across the disciplines as a problem of better management and control. Time is understood as tension that individuals and institutions wrestle with and must solve. A critical perspective on time should ask a different set of questions. To take a critical perspective is to look beyond individual time and consider time as uncompromisingly tethered, in common while disparate. This paper outlines the possibility of a critical time perspective in communication studies - one where time is understood as multiple, relational, and deeply uneven.

Keywords: Critical; Difference; Power; Publics; Time; Time management

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2013.812600

Publication date: September 1, 2013

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