Time as field of struggles. A marxist perspective on temporalities

Felipe Torres


Is there an marxist´s perspective on time? It is not clear that there is, at least one highly developed form. Beyond the well-known marxist´s perspective on time related to work uses, there is a very much less known speech about temporal struggles that has been constructed in last decades (Fabian 1983; Osborne 1995; Rosa 2011). This writing it is focused on this effort to develop a temporality point of view on marxism.
Time may give form to relations of power and inequality under the conditions of capitalist industrial production. Following to the Polish anthropologist Johannes Fabian, within the historical conditions under which modernity emerged and which affected its growth and differentiation, is the origin of capitalism and its imperial-colonial expansion into numerous social spaces which became the target of cultural research. For this to happen, what is commonly denominated the west needed to occupy more space. Deeper and more problematically, it required accommodating time into the schemas of a single form of History: Progress, Development and Modernity. In other words, geopolitics had its foundation in Chronopolitics (1983: 143)
The conception of dichotomical oppositions such as “Past vs. Present”, “Modern vs Primitive”, and “Tradition vs. Modernity”, "First vs Third World" are material-semantic oppositions intended to refer to the conflict between societies in different stages of development, while indeed they are in different societies opposed to each other in the same time. The corollary of this proposition could translate to mean that the social organizations of human reality is, into a greater or lesser variety, multitemporal.
How this can be observed from an Marxist perspective? This is what the next presentation seeks to address.

Accelerationism - philosophy of time - regimes of temporalities - social struggles - Political Marxism