Time, Communication and Global Capitalism

By Wayne Hope

In this book Wayne Hope analyzes the double relation between time and global capitalism. In order to do this, he cross-relates four epistemes of time –epochality, time reckoning, temporality and coevalness– with four materializations of time –hegemony, conflict, crisis and rupture. Using this framework allows Hope to argue that global capitalism is epochally distinctive, riven by time conflicts, prone to recurring crises, and vulnerable to collective opposition.

These critical insights are not easily thematized in a mediated world of real-time reflexivity, detemporalized presentism, and denials of coevalness associated with structural exclusions of the poor. However, the worldwide repercussions of the 2008 financial collapse and the resulting confluence of occupation movements, riots, protests, strike activity, and anti-austerity activism raises the prospect of a rupture within and beyond global capitalism.

Wayne Hope is Associate Professor at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He is a researcher, teacher and media commentator across the areas of New Zealand media history, public sphere analysis, the political economy of communication, sport-media relationships, globalization and time. He is joint editor of the online IAMCR journal Political Economy of Communication.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Time, Globality, Capitalism

  1. Epistemes of Time in Global Context 
  2. Materializations of Time in Global Context

Part II: Time, Hegemony and Global Capitalism

  1. Epochal Shift 
  2. Global Mediations of Time

Part III: Conflicts of Time Within Global Capitalism

  1. Capital Realization, Financialization and Time Conflict 
  2. Capitalism, Worker Exploitation and Time Conflict 
  3. Political Economies of Time Conflict

Part IV: The Crisis of Global Capitalism

  1. Time, Communication and Financial Crisis 
  2. Crises Without End

Part V: Crisis, Collective Opposition and Ruptures of Time

  1. Communication, Synchronicity and Counter-Power 
  2. Towards a Time Manifesto

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: Time, Communication and Global Capitalism
Author: Wayne Hope
Published: 2016
Pages: 260
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 978-1137443458

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