Pockets and places

Authors: Mattias Hellgren*, Linköpings University
Topics: Geographic Theory, Geographic Thought, Social Theory
Keywords: Time-geography, pockets of local order
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
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Do the genealogy of how a place is organised really matter? Activities performed by human agents tend to occur in places ordered to enable, or disable, particular activities. However, to maintain an order over time a continuous use of resources, be it agents or artefacts, is required. A time-geographic perspective of these organised places is to see them as pockets of local order, connections of resources in segments in time-space. These pockets of local order are shaped and organised by the activities, intents and trajectories of agents and artefacts as well as the order of the pocket effect the activities and trajectories of the agents. As such the order affects and is effected by how the resources are connected in the segment in time as well as in space. The aim is to explore how the time-geographic concept pockets of local order offers a complementary perspective on the concept of place. The focus is on how the intersection between segments of time-space and resources form, maintain, repurpose, and ultimately destroy the ordering of a place. Through this the genealogy of power, structures, and influence of corporeal humans, culture, and artefacts affects the activities local order of space-time pockets. This yields a perspective on how the continuous process of ordering embeds norms, values, power and social structures into the order and thus the place.

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