I'm really pleased to announce a new publication arising from my AHRC funded Care for the Future exploratory project: Making Time: Exploring the emergent times of alternative economies (AH/K005553/1). This research has been a long time coming, with various delays - including fifteen months of maternity leave - so I'm particularly glad to have this one out in the world. Thanks again to all the brilliantly curious and challenging participants on this project who were willing to explore the ways that time was involved in their work.
Here's the abstract to get a flavour of what I argue in the text:
This article examines the ways that grassroots sustainable economy movements re-tell, or re-story, time as a core part of their activities. I initially set out a typology of “sustainable times” prominent within sustainable economies literatures, namely (1) long-term thinking, (2) critiques of growth over time, (3) slowing down, (4) cyclical temporalities, and (5) increased discretionary time. Drawing on materials from a field philosophy project that looked at relationships between time and sustainability, I outline some of the ways that project participants drew on this typology. Looking at three specific cases, however, I suggest that rather than conforming to a binary thinking encouraged by sustainable times (e.g., fast–slow, short-term–long-term), time became salient as a mode of operating across disparate values, meanings, actors, and hierarchies. I argue that the work of these organizations would be best served by a greater focus on the role of time in coordinating across unequal power relations.