Time, Consumption and Everyday Life: Practice, Materiality and Culture

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Has material civilization spun out of control, becoming too fast for our own well-being and that of the planet? This book confronts these anxieties and examines the changing rhythms and temporal organization of everyday life. How do people handle hurriedness, burban-out and stress? Are slower forms of consumption viable?

This volume brings together international experts from geography, sociology, history, anthropology and philosophy. In case studies covering the United States, ...

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Overview

Has material civilization spun out of control, becoming too fast for our own well-being and that of the planet? This book confronts these anxieties and examines the changing rhythms and temporal organization of everyday life. How do people handle hurriedness, burban-out and stress? Are slower forms of consumption viable?

This volume brings together international experts from geography, sociology, history, anthropology and philosophy. In case studies covering the United States, Asia, and Europe, contributors follow routines and rhythms, their emotional and political dynamics, and show how they are anchored in material culture and everyday practice. Running themes of the book are questions of coordination and disruption; cycles and seasons; and the interplay between power and freedom, and between material and natural forces. The result is a volume that brings studies of practice, temporality and material culture together to open up a new intellectual agenda.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847883650
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Series: Cultures of Consumption Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University.

Frank Trentmann is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Richard Wilk is Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Indiana University.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures vii

List of Contributors ix

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction Elizabeth Shove Frank Trentmann Richard Wilk 1

Section I Time, Space and Practice

1 Everyday Practice and the Production and Consumption of Time Elizabeth Shove 17

2 Time space and the Organization of Social Life Ted Schatzki 35

3 Re-ordering Temporal Rhythms: Coordinating Daily Practices in the UK in 1937 and 2000 Dale Southerton 49

Section II Pace and Scale: Temporal Order and Disruption

4 Disruption is Normal: Blackouts, Breakdowns and the Elasticity of Everyday Life Frank Trentmann 67

5 My Soul for a Seat: Commuting and the Routines of Mobility Tom O'Dell 85

6 Routines - Made and Unmade Billy Ehn Orvar Lofgren 99

Section III Rhythms, Patterns and Temporal Cycles of Consumption

7 Calendars and Clocks: Cycles of Horticultural Commerce in Nineteenth-Century America Marina Moskowitz 115

8 Fads, Fashions and 'Real' Innovations: Novelties and Social Change Jukka Gronow 129

9 The Edge of Agency. Routines, Habits and Volition Richard Wilk 143

Section IV The Temporalities of Stuff

10 Buying Time Daniel Miller 157

11 Seasonal and Commercial Rhythms of Domestic Consumption: A Japanese Case Study Inge Daniels 171

12 Special and Ordinary Times: Tea in Motion G¨liz Ger Olga Kravets 189

13 Making Time: Reciprocal Object Relations and the Self-legitimizing Time of Wooden Boating Mikko Jalas 203

14 The Ethics of Routine: Consciousness, Tedium and Value Don Slater 217

Index 231

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