Change Over Time: Temporal Coordination in Social Movements


Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships




Human beings experience time in multiple ways, at multiple scales, simultaneously. As a result, they regularly need to navigate intersecting temporalities. In the often unpredictable event times surrounding social movements, however, the challenge of temporal coordination becomes more complex and consequential. From the temporal demands of particular tactical choices, to the development of shared strategies and long-term visions of social change, movements present a range of daunting temporal coordination challenges. Combining ethnographic fieldwork and archival research, “Change Over Time” explores the dynamics of temporal coordination within past and present social movements in the US city of Philadelphia.