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Time, Rhythms and Temporality in Feminist Urban Research 

Authors: Mel Mikhail*, York University
Topics: Social Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: social reproduction, time geography, labour geography, feminism, anti-capitalism
Session Type: Paper
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This paper centres the “habiting” rhythms of everyday dwellers who contribute to the production of urban space, and thinks especially about the rhythms that persons strike up to accommodate social reproduction, or “life’s work.” My aim is two-fold. Drawing on critical and feminist texts in the study of time, social reproduction, and the urban, I first put forward a theoretical framework through which to begin asking questions about the way time, temporalities, and rhythms are different from one another, but interrelated within urban subject formation processes. Secondly, I apply some of these premises to contemporary empirical studies, whicht use methodologies that foreground time, temporality, and rhythms, to point out places for further investigation. Overall, my hope is to exemplify the kinds of questions and investigations that may become possible through a critical feminist geography of the everyday rhythms of social reproductive labour.

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