Chapter 4

It changes space and time!

Introducing power-chronography1

Sarah Sharma


Theorizing the politics of time and space are absolutely fundamental to a materialist approach to communication. In this chapter, I argue that the privileging of space over time in media studies risks aligning the field too closely with the logic of the market. I offer here a brief introduction of a materialist approach to time, power-chronography. Power-chronography is concerned with the multiplicity of time, the interdependent and inequitable relations of temporal difference that are compressed deep within the social fabric. Power-chronography examines how discourses about time and cultural practices related to the control of time elevate and devalue a range ...

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