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VIDEO DOI: https://doi.org/10.48448/04gv-5595

technical paper

AAA Annual Meeting 2021

November 18, 2021

Baltimore, United States

A Travellers’ Sense of Time: Negotiating Eviction and Broken Horizons of Expectation in an Urban Encampment





Travellers, Gypsies, and other marginalized people are frequently depicted as present-orientated; unconcerned with the past or the future. Through enduring uncertainties arising from the threat of eviction•a situation which blocked their path to the future•an extended family of Travellers experienced a prolonged period of temporal disorientation. Rather than being oriented to one or more temporal domains, their sense of time was seething with heterogeneity; a situation where the past, present, and future disturbed each other in disorderly ways. Travellers’ experience of temporal disorientation not only necessitates a reconsideration of the temporality of the marginalized but also extends current engagements with the anthropology of the future, which has focused too narrowly on orientations and open horizons. As a result, it cannot adequately account for situations where broken horizons of expectation•not having a satisfactory sense of what the future might consist of•disorientate temporal experience as much as they orientate it.


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