Taking Political Time: Thinking Past the Emergency Timescapes of the New Climate Movements

Sherilyn MacGregor, Graeme Hayes

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This article discusses the contrasting “temporal regimes” of Extinction
Rebellion and the concept of a feminist green new deal. The authors discuss
the former’s emphasis on emergency to stimulate disobedient action, particularly out of concern for one’s future children and grandchildren. They
argue that, while this emphasis has successfully catalyzed public agency,
this agency remains socially narrow, as emergency thinking subordinates
the political time central to inclusive movement building, while the personalization of intergenerational concern risks reproducing privilege and asset protection. As a result, actually existing material and symbolic inequalities
are characteristically decentered. The authors contrast this with the timescapes of calls for a feminist green new deal, which eschew both crisis narratives and reprocentric futurism. In troubled times, they conclude, it is more
productive to reconsider not just when but how to address the demands of
climate breakdown
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Specialist publicationSouth Atlantic Quarterly
PublisherDuke University Press
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • temporal regime
  • environmental politics
  • climate emergency
  • Extinction Rebellion
  • intergenerational justice
  • feminist green new deal


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