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The relationships between space and time, between contemporary spatialities and temporalities, are constantly becoming more diverse, and the effects of globalisation cannot be limited solely to their compression (David Harvey). We are also far from past approaches – like that of Henri Lefebvre – envisioning a reconciliation of linear and cyclical time, for it is now necessary to consider far more complex temporal interconnections. Through an overview of recent anthropological studies on these issues, the article seeks to identify previously unrecognised temporal dimensions, the forms of colonisation of urban time, the impact of the event (previously neglected in anthropology) on the methods and stances of researchers who are increasingly involved in their investigations because of the co-presence with their subjects. In this context, what can the lockdowns resulting from the global health crisis tell us?


  • space-time
  • urban temporalities
  • memory of place
  • events
  • rhythmology
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