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How time is often a troubling and external factor in the lives of youth

Ethnographies of Youth and Temporality

Time Objectified

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Afterword by Michael Flaherty

edited by Anne Line Dalsgård, Martin Demant Frederiksen, Susanne Højlund and Lotte Meinert

As we experience and manipulate time—be it as boredom or impatience—it becomes an object: something materialized and social, something that affects perception, or something that may motivate reconsideration and change. The editors and contributors to this important new book, Ethnographies of Youth and Temporality, have provided a diverse collection of ethnographic studies and theoretical explorations of youth experiencing time in a variety of contemporary socio-cultural settings.

The essays in this volume focus on time as an external and often troubling factor in young people’s lives, and show how emotional unrest and violence but also creativity and hope are responses to troubling times. The chapters discuss notions of time and its “objectification” in diverse locales including the Georgian Republic, Brazil, Denmark, and Uganda.

Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork, the essays in Ethnographies of Youth and Temporality use youth as a prism to understand time and its subjective experience.

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Contents

Introduction: Time Objectified
1. Waiting for the Start: Flexibility and the Question of Convergence • Jennifer Johnson-Hanks
2. Stunted Future: Buryong among Young Men in Manila • Steffen Jensen
3. Aske’s Dead Time: An Exploration of the Qualities of Time among Left-Radical Activists in Denmark • Stine Krøijer
4. Heterochronic Atmospheres: Affect, Materiality, and Youth in Depression • Martin Demant Frederiksen
5. Standing Apart: On Time, Affect, and Discernment in Nordeste, Brazil • Anne Line Dalsgård
6. Certificates for the Future: Geographical Mobility and Educational Trajectories among Nepalese Youth • Karen Valentin
7. The Normativity of Boredom: Communication Media Use among Romanian Teenagers • Razvan Nicolescu
8. Making a Name: Young Musicians in Uganda Working on the Future • Lotte Meinert and Nanna Schneidermann
Afterword • Michael G. Flaherty
Contributors
Index

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About the Author(s)

Anne Line Dalsgård is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Martin Demant Frederiksen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Susanne Højlund is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Lotte Meinert is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Subject Categories

Youth Studies
Anthropology


In the series

Global Youth, edited by Craig Jeffrey and Jane Dyson.

The Global Youth Series, edited by Craig Jeffrey and Jane Dyson, comprises research-based studies of young people in the context of global social, political and economic change. The series brings together work that examines youth and aspects of global change within sociology, anthropology, development studies, geography, and educational studies. Our emphasis is on youth in areas of the world that are often excluded from mainstream discussions of young people, such as Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, but we also welcome studies from Western Europe and North America, and books that bridge the global north and global south.

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