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The colonisation of time : ritual, routine and resistance in the British Empire /
Giordano Nanni.
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Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the United States exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, c2012.
description
xviii, 254 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0719082714, 0719082714 (hbk.), 9780719082719 (hbk.)
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imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the United States exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, c2012.
isbn
0719082714
0719082714 (hbk.)
9780719082719 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8377740
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-246) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Giordano Nanni is an ARC Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne
Reviews
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"In this thoughtful and illuminating book, Giordano Nanni mounts a persuasive argument for the role that time (whether measured in hours, weeks, months, or seasons) played in missionary endeavors to 'civilize' indigenous people . . . This is a welcome addition to a now well-established trend in imperial history writing that emphasizes the centrality of quotidian struggles in understanding political, economic, and social change." - Joanna Cruickshank, Deakin University, American Historical Review
'This impressive book is the first sustained treatment of the effective British colonisation of indigenous time practices. Analysing both the Cape Colony and Australia, Nanni deftly draws our attention to the enormous significance of the temporal as well as the spatial, for the making of the colonial world'.Alan Lester, Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Sussex
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Summaries
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Much has been written about time in western society. But how did 'the rest' of the world come to share the West's dominant view of time? Who were the first emissaries of the culture of the clock? And, most importantly, by what means did they gain a following? The colonisation of time is a highly original and long overdue examination of the ways that western-European and specifically British concepts and rituals of time were imposed on other cultures as a fundamental component of colonisation during the nineteenth century. Based on a wealth of primary sources, and a comparative analysis of two British settler-colonies - Victoria, Australia, and the Cape Colony, South Africa - this book explores the intimate relationship between the colonisation of time and the conquest of land; time's instrumentality in the exportation of Christianity, capitalism, and modernity, and the role it played in forging European identities and civilities against an imaginary, 'time-less' and 'irregular' other. Both scholars and general readers will find this book valuable for its attentiveness to the tensions across and within colonial societies over the reform of Indigenous temporalities; as well as to the range of responses that Indigenous societies adopted in order to resist, appropriate or integrate the colonisers' temporal culture. Adding new depth to our understanding of imperial power and the ways in which it was exercised and limited, The colonisation of time documents the remarkable story behind the rise to global dominance of western-time, from the clock to the seven-day week, revealing its status as one of the most enduring, pervasive and taken-for-granted legacies of colonialism in today's world. Book jacket.
Main Description
The Colonisation of Time is a highly original and long overdue examination of the ways that western-European and specifically British concepts and rituals of time were imposed on other cultures as a fundamental component of colonisation during the nineteenth century. Based on a wealth of primary sources, it explores the intimate relationship between the colonisation of time and space in two British settler-colonies (Victoria, Australia and the Cape Colony, South Africa) and its instrumental role in the exportation of Christianity, capitalism, and modernity, thus adding new depth to our understanding of imperial power and of the ways in which it was exercised and limited. All those intrigued by the concept of time will find this book of interest, for it illustrates how western-European time's rise to a position of global dominance-from the clock to the seven-day week-is one of the most pervasive, enduring and taken-for-granted legacies of colonisation in today's world.
Main Description
The Colonisation of Timeis a highly original and long overdue examination of the ways that western-European and specifically British concepts and rituals of time were imposed on other cultures as a fundamental component of colonization during the nineteenth century. Based on a wealth of primary sources, it explores the intimate relationship between the colonization of time and space in two British settler-colonies (Victoria, Australia and the Cape Colony, South Africa) and its instrumental role in the exportation of Christianity, capitalism, and modernity, thus adding new depth to our understanding of imperial power and of the ways in which it was exercised and limited. All those intrigued by the concept of time will find this book of interest, for it illustrates how western-European time's rise to a position of global dominancefrom the clock to the seven-day weekis one of the most pervasive, enduring, and taken-for-granted legacies of colonization in today's world.
Table of Contents
List of figures and mapsp. viii
List of abbreviationsp. x
General editor's introductionp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Note on terminologyp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Clocks, Sabbaths and seven-day weeks: the forging of European temporal identitiesp. 25
Terra sine tempore: colonial constructions of 'Aboriginal time'p. 59
Cultural curfews: the contestation of time in settler-colonial Victoriap. 85
'The moons are always out of order': colonial constructions of 'African time'p. 122
Empire of the seventh day: time and the Sabbath beyond the Cape frontiersp. 148
Lovedale: missionary schools and the reform of 'African time'p. 185
Conclusion: from colonisation to globalisationp. 217
Select bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 247
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