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ONE - Time Depth

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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In light of the recognition of the Anthropocene – a geological epoch of our own making – this chapter asks how well anthropology is equipped to deal with the challenge that the recognition of human geological agency presents to our time perspectives. It offers two theoretical starting points to initiate the conversation between anthropological theory and the history of the encounter with deep time within Britain: the anthropologist E.E. Evans-Pritchard and the geologist James Hutton. This discussion introduces three key questions for an anthropology of deep time: what is the relationship between human rhythms and the rhythms of the more-than-human world within which humans live? What is the significance of our time horizons, their proximity or distance? And whose time is deep time?

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An Anthropology of Deep Time
Geological Temporality and Social Life
, pp. 7 - 36
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Time Depth
  • 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/10.1017/9781108867450.002
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  • Time Depth
  • 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/10.1017/9781108867450.002
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  • Time Depth
  • 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/10.1017/9781108867450.002
Available formats
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