Craig Jeffrey


On his book Timepass: Youth, Class, and the Politics of Waiting in India

Cover Interview of March 22, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Can waiting generate new possibilities for action and experience?”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Waiting has always been crucial to human activity and is also a distinctive feature of modernity.  But what of “chronic waiting”?  What of situations in which people wait for years, generations, or whole lifetimes?”

On the second:

“I examine what young men are thinking, how they are spending their time, and what they do, when they find that their first choice of work is impossible to obtain.”