[MGSA-L] New Book Discount - "Vertiginous Life"

Daniel Knight dmk3 at st-andrews.ac.uk
Tue Mar 30 16:40:08 PDT 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Berghahn Books are offering 35% discount on pre-orders of Vertiginous Life: An Anthropology of Time and the Unforeseen<https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/KnightVertiginous> (in Contemporary Greece) with the code ASA2021, until 30 April. Chapters are structured around individual stories of how life in a decade of crisis has provoked affects of vertigo in various guises (see description below). As such, it scales grassroots ethnography to theories of time, historicity and visions of a post-crisis nation.

The title may be of interest to list members.

All best wishes,


Vertiginous Life provides a theory of the intense temporal disorientation brought about by life in crisis. In the whirlpool of unforeseen social change, people experience confusion as to where and when they belong on timelines of previously unquestioned pasts and futures. Through individual stories from crisis Greece, this book explores the everyday affects of vertigo: nausea, dizziness, breathlessness, the sense of falling, and unknowingness of Self. Being lost in time, caught in the spin-cycle of crisis, people reflect on belonging to modern Europe, neoliberal promises of accumulation, defeated futures, and the existential dilemmas of life held captive in the uncanny elsewhen.


Dr Daniel M. Knight, PhD | Reader | Department of Social Anthropology | University of St Andrews | St Andrews | Fife | KY16 9AL | United Kingdom | Director of the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies<https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~centrecs/>


2021. Vertiginous Life: An Anthropology of Time and the Unforeseen<https://berghahnbooks.com/title/KnightVertiginous>.

2019. The Anthropology of the Future<https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/anthropology-of-the-future/C967E5B3331BD525FDEAA0BE127E82A7>.

2017. Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe<https://www.routledge.com/Ethnographies-of-Austerity-Temporality-crisis-and-affect-in-southern/Knight-Stewart/p/book/9781138204577>.

2015. History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece<https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137501486#aboutBook>.

Co-Editor: History and Anthropology<http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ghan20/current> journal.
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