States govern through temporal devices and rationalities. Institutions such as the school, the university, the factory, the city hall, the hospital and the prison sustain temporal logics, turning time into place-specific rhythms. Regarding migrants in particular, bureaucratic procedures are marked by different and sometimes contradictory tempos, with time traps set, in deadlines that are simply impossible to meet. With some notable exceptions, migration research has not typically engaged with theories of time, but equally, work that engages with the social theory of time rarely engages with migration scholarship.
‘Keeping Time’ includes pieces on: the nature of time, waiting, migration futures, ageing and death.