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FIVE - Mapping Deep Time

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 May 2020

Richard D. G. Irvine
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University of St Andrews, Scotland
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The work of mapping the processes of geological formation is entangled with the process of extraction from deep time – a conquest figured in relation to the coal measures. Building on Alfred Gell’s approach to the relationship between time and the ways in which it is culturally constructed, this chapter addresses the question ‘Whose time is deep time?’ through a consideration of the politics of marking the boundaries of time in nineteenth-century Imperial Britain, with a particular focus on the Cambridge geologist Adam Sedgwick.

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An Anthropology of Deep Time
Geological Temporality and Social Life
, pp. 106 - 128
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Mapping Deep Time
  • Richard D. G. Irvine, University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • Book: An Anthropology of Deep Time
  • Online publication: 04 May 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108867450.006
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  • Mapping Deep Time
  • Richard D. G. Irvine, University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • Book: An Anthropology of Deep Time
  • Online publication: 04 May 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108867450.006
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  • Mapping Deep Time
  • Richard D. G. Irvine, University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • Book: An Anthropology of Deep Time
  • Online publication: 04 May 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108867450.006
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