Trans-temporal hinges: Reflections on a comparative ethnographic study of Chinese infrastructural projects in Mozambique and Mongolia
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Morten Axel Pedersen, Morten Nielsen
Based on two case studies of Chinese infrastructural interventions in Mozambique and in Mongolia, this article introduces the notion of 'trans-temporal hinge' as a heuristic methodological concept that brings together phenomena and events otherwise distributed across time. The authors explore envelopes used when paying Mozambican workers at a construction site in Maputo and roads dividing Chinese oil workers and local nomads in southern and eastern Mongolia as concrete manifestations of trans-temporal hinges. In exploring the temporal properties of these phenomena, we define the trans-temporal hinge as a gathering point in which different temporalities are momentarily assembled. As an analytical scale derived from a specific ethnographic context, we argue that the trans-temporal hinge provides a novel and, quite literally, timely conceptual invention compared with other recent methods of anthropological knowledge production, such as multi-sited fieldwork.
|Journal||Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Jun 2013|
- China, Economy of distance, Infrastructure, Mongolia, Mozambique, Time, Trans-temporal hinge