This is a collection of essays by academics across the fields of political science, philosophy, anthropology and sociology for an examination into the experience of waiting. What is it to wait? What do we wait for? And how is waiting connected to the social worlds in which we live?
There is a wonderful examination of Beckett’s comic play Waiting for Godot, a discussion of the perpetual waiting of refugees to return home or to moments of intense anticipation such as falling in love or the birth of a baby. There are are many ways in which we wait.
Think about it. Waiting can be passive, or active. It can be waiting ON someone or something, or waiting FOR someone or something. It is an amazing group of essays that approach the idea of waiting in so many ways that may never have occurred to you. It contains what for me is the best think piece on Waiting for Godot that I have read.
If ideas of a philosophical and academic bent appeal to you, I highly recommend the book. I am not going to review each essay, because (a) I am lazy, and (2) I don’t want to. BTW, I am working on being more consistent.
Ghassan Hage is Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne. He has held many visiting professorships around the world including at Harvard and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the author of many publications on the comparative anthropology of nationalism, migration and inter-cultural relations.