Introduction to the question of world-political time

kimberly Hutchings

in Time and World Politics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780719073021
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701447 | DOI:
Introduction to the question of world-political time

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This chapter introduces the main arguments of the book and offers some preliminary arguments for why conceptions of time matter in theories of world politics. The first section examines the concept of time, and differentiates two aspects of temporal categorisation: chromos and kairos. It then goes on to offer a brief account of how both of these aspects have played a part in three familiar ways of conceptualising political time, in terms of narratives of repetition, progress and decline. The second section addresses the category of ‘world politics’, and traces the ways in which these familiar narratives of political time have figured in theories of international relations, globalisation and postmodernity. The third section outlines the argument of the rest of the book.

Keywords: Kant; world politics; time conceptions; chromos; kairos; political time; globalisation; postmodernity

Chapter.  12635 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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