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In Deadly Time

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Scanlan, John

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Abstract This article examines the temporal dimension of waste in Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor as an instance of how modernity has produced a largely hidden domain of the non-identical and indeterminate. Through a consideration of the phenomena of uselessness, decay and poverty I argue that the temporal dimension of waste is constituted as a corrosive or malign `Deadly Time'. In placing such emphasis on time directed towards death, I aim to show that Mayhew's undisciplined researches can be seen as a valuable source for understanding why modern thinking struggles to come to terms with waste.
Classification Philosophy, Ethics, Religion; General Problems, History of the Social Sciences
Free Keywords death; indeterminacy; negative value; poverty; waste;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 189-206
Journal Time & Society, 16 (2007) 2-3
ISSN 1461-7463
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)