Authors: Clare Holdsworth*,
Topics: Cultural Geography, Social Geography
Keywords: Busyness, everyday, floating, time
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM
Room: Regency Ballroom, Omni, West
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The expectation that we live in an accelerating world has considerable academic and popular support. Endorsements of the political and social significance of speed dominate discourses of socio-cultural temporal trends. We are not though in a rush all of the time; the rhythms of everyday life are heterogeneous and populated as much by pauses, routines and habits as by the rush of too much to do. This paper offers an alternative reading of contemporary preoccupations with busyness by suggesting that the temporalities of everyday are formed through de-territorial rhythms rather than unidirectional acceleration. I explore how everyday practices oscillate between different polarisations: sequential or simultaneous; intentional or unexpected; autonomous or dependent; monotonous or divergent; anticipatory or serendipitous. The rush of being busy can be located at different configurations of these oppositions and these configurations are continually being re-calibrated. This interpretation of every day busyness is based on analysis of 115 one day diaries collated by the UK Mass Observation Archive in Winter 2017/18.