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Time, Consumption and Everyday Life

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

by Elizabeth Shove

Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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, Frank Trentmann

Frank Trentmann is Professor of Modern History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Director of the Cultures of Consumption research programme, co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Richard Wilk

Richard Wilk is Provost’s Professor of Anthropology and Director of Food Studies at Indiana University. His recent books include Home Cooking in the Global Village (2006) and Fast Food/Slow Food (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2009
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474215862
  • ISBN:
    9-781-4742-1586-2 (online)

    978-1-8478-8365-0 (hardback)

    978-1-8478-8364-3 (paperback)

    978-1-8478-8593-7 (epdf)

    978-1-8478-8624-8 (epub)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2018
Time, Consumption and Everyday Life
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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, burn-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.