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Disruption is normal: blackouts, breakdowns and the elasticity of everyday life

Trentmann, Frank (2009) Disruption is normal: blackouts, breakdowns and the elasticity of everyday life. In: Shove, E. and Trentmann, Frank and Wilk, R. (eds.) Time, Consumption, and Everyday Life. Oxford, UK: Berg, Oxford, pp. 67-84. ISBN 9781847883643.

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Abstract

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, burn-out and stress? Are slower forms of consumption viable? In case studies covering the United States, Asia and Europe, international experts 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.

Item Type: Book Section
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011 09:19
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:17
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/1700

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