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Movements in Time

Revolution, Social Justice and Times of Change

Editor(s): Natalie Churn, Cecile Lawrence
Contributors: Maria Prodromou, Linda Levitt, Alison Hulme, Enqi Weng, Allison Merrick, Andrew Robinson, Tom Piergastini,

Book Description

2011 was a tumultuous year in terms of social protest movements. The Occupy movement spread across the globe with unprecedented support of an enormity not seen since 1968, while revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria and Libya caught the attention of the global media and brought the word “revolution” back into public discussions on social justice and governance. For many people worldwide, it appears that it is time for social, political and economic change. And it is precisely time, in all its forms, which cannot be ignored in this context. As something that surrounds us and affects every aspect of our lives, time is at once a tool for control, for order, for emancipation, for understanding the future and the past, and measuring degrees of freedom and quality of life in the present.

This book brings together essays from fields such as politics, cultural studies and philosophy in order to reinterpret and reorient current thinking on the possibilities for new understandings of concepts of time to bring about social change. History as the passing of time, clock time, the exchange value of time, qualitative time, and alternative or marginal notions of temporality are analysed through the lens of various theoretical thinkers and applied to a multitude of political and social case studies. Breaking away from traditional notions of time as linear, and against common socially-constructed understandings of time, these essays suggest that new conceptions of time can have a major influence on creating a more just, tolerant world.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4016-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4016-5
Date of Publication: 01/08/2012
Pages / Size: 380 / A5
Price: £49.99


Cecile Ann Lawrence, originally from Jamaica and currently residing in the US, has a PhD from Binghamton University and a JD from the University at Buffalo. Her work has been published in anthologies and journals, she has worked as a college and non-profit administrator and has presented at numerous conferences. She is the composer of two blogs, and, and she has been a social change activist for over 15 years, speaking at rallies and giving testimony at numerous hearings in multiple cities.

Natalie Churn received her MA in British and North American Cultural Studies from the University of Freiburg. Previously she completed a BA (European Studies) and BLitt at the University of Western Australia, and a Diploma in Languages (Russian) from Macquarie University. She is currently writing her PhD at the University of Freiburg on the topic of negotiating marginal concepts of time in Australian popular culture. She has spoken at numerous conferences on aspects of this topic, and has received many prizes and scholarships for past studies. She has also taught in Australian Cultural Studies and British News Media at the University of Freiburg. Natalie Churn’s research interests focus on the intersections of experiences and understandings of time with cultural practices, and their possibilities for bringing about positive social change.