Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, William Davies, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Emma Jackson and Roiyah Saltus
individuals; but it does this while
also keeping in mind the larger structural forces that shape those everyday
struggles and give them meaning.
Social life is nuanced and complicated, and capturing and
representing this complexity in research is difficult. When producing our
analysis we at least have time and space for reflection, for multiple attempts
to get it right (or to fail again, but fail better – following SamuelBeckett
are constituted and reified. Moreover, engaging with waiting as a contingent temporal construct also opens up a space to critique the hierarchal relations it creates, and
how in turn it creates and maintains power relations.
Hopeful, restless, waiting
SamuelBeckett’s (1954) play Waiting for Godot famously emphasizes how fundamentally intrinsic waiting is to the human condition. Waiting, adds Giovanni Gasparini
(1995), has a wide range of meanings and attributes, and is commonly considered a
basic aspect of the human experience. Waiting moves, he observes, from