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Haunting, dutching and interference: provocations for the anthropology of time

Abstract:

I consider three ways of thinking about time, especially the future, that are new to anthropology. The concepts of interference and haunting illuminate how pasts and futures interact so that consideration of “historicity” needs to be complemented by “futuricity.” Discussion of promissory notes and Dutch betting (hedging bets) prompts reassessment of forward planning, including prophecy and prediction. Scenario planning is viewed as a way of “dutching the future.” Anthropologists need to ackno...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1086/710105

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Subgroup:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Role:
Depositor, Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-5853-7351
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Current Anthropology Journal website
Volume:
61
Issue:
4
Pages:
495-513
Publication date:
2020-08-05
Acceptance date:
2018-11-19
DOI:
EISSN:
1537-5382
ISSN:
0011-3204
Pubs id:
pubs:949892
UUID:
uuid:05dc13c1-55c9-457d-bd8c-c28ca0e3bcab
Source identifiers:
949892
Local pid:
pubs:949892
Language:
English

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