Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Society for Medical Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students
Primary Theme: Health
Secondary Theme: Immigration/Migration/Citizenship
Anthropological inquiry into time has focused on temporal frameworks as culturally constructed, products of social interaction, and objects of manipulation (Bourdieu 1977; Geertz 1973; Greenhouse 1996; Harvey 1989). Sociocultural anthropologists have explored how ethnographic writing constructs subjects in relation to historical narratives of modernity and progress, emphasizing how non-Western peoples have been constructed as stuck in the past (Fabian 1983; Wolf 2010). Medical anthropologists have described how medicine makes time at the end of life (Kaufman 2005, 2015), the temporalities of chronic illness (Mattingly 2010) and the professionalization of physicians with regard to concepts of time (Frankenberg 1988, Higashi 2013). Legal anthropologists have explored how temporality interacts with constructions of sovereignty (Richland 2008), and how time can be manipulated as a technique of governance (Haas 2017). These examples connect to a broader study of temporal practices within and across institutions (Scott 1998; Weber 1978).
This panel will draw on the anthropology of time and temporalization to explore how time is constructed and inhabited in a range of contexts. Specifically, the panel explores how time is used to both reinforce and disrupt assumptions about life-span, allocation of services, immigration status and mental illness. Papers engage with time in multiple forms including biographical maps, schedules and legal and diagnostic timelines.