Jan 10, 2021 - 24 min
COVID-19's disruption of our notion of time could have one benefit: embracing 'cultural malleability'. "One thing that most of us have realised during lockdown is how much our lives are structured around taxonomies, whether of time, space, people or things. Before COVID-19, we had reassuring rhythms such as year-end holidays and the daily commute, as well as clear distinctions between 'work' and 'family' spaces or 'going out' and 'staying in'. However, one principle that anthropologists, among others, emphasise is that there is more than one way to create these taxonomies, even in relation to factors we presume are universal, such as 'time'." Gillian Tett reflects on the passage of time while in lockdown for the Financial Times.