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The work of time: personhood, agency and the negotiation of difference in married life in urban Pakistan

Maqsood, Ammara; (2023) The work of time: personhood, agency and the negotiation of difference in married life in urban Pakistan. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 10.1111/1467-9655.14046. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

What is the work of time on a marriage, and how does it transform people as they struggle to change and leave traces on others? Through reflections of middle-class women in Pakistan who married men who did not share their religious aspirations, I focus on how difference is negotiated and conceived in these marriages, and on the unexpected outcomes in the religious outlook of both spouses. The work of time, articulated through the concept of sabar (forbearance), emerges here as a canvas for a confluence of human and nonhuman interventions, influences, and motivations, urging us to think of individual agency neither as autonomous action, as theorized in the liberal tradition, nor as wilful submission, as elaborated in Islamic contexts. Rather, agency, the capacity to assert one's own visions and hopes, depends on the malleability and openness of persons to time, leaving those who desire change in others equally exposed to transformation.

Type: Article
Title: The work of time: personhood, agency and the negotiation of difference in married life in urban Pakistan
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1467-9655.14046
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9655.14046
Language: English
Additional information: © 2023 The Authors. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Anthropological Institute. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10164413
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