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The temporal aspects of this encounter become clear if one contrasts the chronological measure of labor time that underlies capital's efforts to economize on labor with Marx's description of living labor as form-giving fire, the transitoriness of things, their temporality, and their formation by living time (Marx 1973, 361). For the figures we deal with in this chapter, the tensions and conflicts between these diverse temporalities are played out across the many borders that cross their biographies, often in ways that question the easy chronology of future and past. Echoes of the past and uncertainty about the future invade a present in which experiences of life and techniques of measure at once overlap and clash.
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