The Colonisation of Time

The Colonisation of Time Ritual, Routine and Resistance in the British Empire - Studies in Imperialism

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The colonisation of time is a highly original and long overdue examination of the ways that western-European and specifically British concepts and rituals of time were imposed on other cultures as a fundamental component of colonisation during the nineteenth century. Based on a wealth of primary sources, it explores the intimate relationship between the colonisation of time and space in two British settler-colonies (Victoria, Australia and the Cape Colony, South Africa) and its instrumental role in the exportation of Christianity, capitalism and modernity, thus adding new depth to our understanding of imperial power and of the ways in which it was exercised and limited. All those intrigued by the concept of time will find this book of interest, for it illustrates how western-European time's rise to a position of global dominance - from the clock to the seven-day week - is one of the most pervasive, enduring and taken-for-granted legacies of colonisation in today's world.

Book information

ISBN: 9780719091292
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 304.23709171241
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xviii, 254
Weight: 438g
Height: 158mm
Width: 237mm
Spine width: 15mm