Time and Temporality

Added: 2020-12-13 | Updated: 2021-12-13
Categories πŸ“š: Temporality
Type πŸ“: Note

Note πŸ“

from πŸ“ β€” Being β€˜Lazy’ and Slowing Down: Toward decolonizing time, our body, and pedagogy

The proper use of time has become a measure of moral character.
"Wasting time" has become a mark of immorality, of not-enough-ness. You're lazy, so you don't deserve... Shahjahan writes within academia, where professors and students alike are plagued by the pressure to "be productive" and use their time in ways deemed acceptable, so as to maintain their standing in their communities. However, this pressure often marginalizes/excludes persons with different needs and abilities, as well as those who experience time and progress differently from the linear model Eurocentric time requires.

... time is an epistemic tool through which a chronology of difference was created by colonial logic. Time became a trajectory against which to measure indigenous and other subaltern individuals and groups in terms of the degree to which they are out of sync, behind in development, anachronistic, and resistant to progress.(Shahjahan 2014)
The hegemony of linear time has been used time and again as a justification for colonialism: indigenous people are "lesser" because they aren't "as far along," and so they must be uplifted and brought up to speed. This colonial logic of time has invaded our personal lives β€” we aren't keeping up with other people our age, we aren't being progressive or innovative in our usage of time, etc.

from πŸ“ β€” Time as the Fourth Dimension in the Globalization of Higher Education

The Newtonian theory of time is evident in Fordist production under old-capitalism. Time is easily measured in 60-minute increments, and it is viewed as progressing along in a linear fashion. ... he job that one performs under "new" capitalism is affected by the time jobs take in other companies across the world. Time is no longer measured as separate to the time other activities take but is quite literally relative to the time taken elsewhere.
Newtonian physics deems time and space separate. Time moves steadily and linearly from past to future. Einsteinian physics sees space and time as inextricable constructs, neither of which is always linear. Time slows down for astronauts leaving orbit, space doesn't seem to matter to quantum particles, both time and space get all screwy around black holes. And we're all screwy under global capitalism 😎

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