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The zero-hour city: writing London in the end times

Charlton, Ed ORCID: 0000-0001-7563-9472 (2020) The zero-hour city: writing London in the end times. GeoHumanities, 6 (2). 280 - 294. ISSN 2373-566X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/2373566X.2020.1768880


The zero-hour arguably marks much more than a form of precarious employment. Making liquid the injustice of the here and now, it also postpones any reckoning with the temporal, spatial and, more often, racial dispossessions of a city like London in this, its contemporary neoliberal progress. In this article, I offer up a reading of the zero-hour as it emerges within the city’s much longer end time imagination. But I also attempt to trace an immanent critique of this tradition. Turning to the black British poet D.S. Marriott and his latest collection, Duppies (2018), which is best characterized as an elegy for the end of Grime, this article theorizes the possibility for a melancholy writing of London that might resist its many end time dispossessions.

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Additional Information: © 2020 American Association of Geographers
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2020 09:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:06

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