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Donaldson, M, The End of Time? Aboriginal Temporality and the British Invasion of Australia, Time and Society, 5(2), 1996, 187-207.


Many of the best studies of time have been concerned with the transitions from one temporal order to another, and in particular the origins and the pervasive global impact of metric time. This focus risks attributing a facticity and durability to capitalist time at the expense of other temporalities. This study counterbalances this problem by exploring the time use and 'Dreamtime' of Australian Aboriginal people, from pre-history, through the British invasion to the present day. Despite the massive disruptions in temporal order, significant continuities are revealed.



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