Timespace: Geographies of Temporality (Critical Geographies) by Jon May, Nigel Thrift

By Jon May, Nigel Thrift

Timespace undermines the previous certainties of time and area by means of arguing that those dimensions don't exist singly, yet basically as a hybrid procedure time period. the problem of house has possibly been over-emphasised and it's crucial that tactics of daily life, similar to globalisation and environmental concerns and likewise notions equivalent to gender, race and ethnicity, are checked out with a balanced time-space analysis.The social and cultural effects of this circulation are traced via a chain of stories which install diverse views - structural, phenomenological or even Buddhist - so one can make issues join up. The participants offer an outline of the historical past of time and introduce the techniques of time and house jointly, throughout a variety of disciplines. the subjects mentioned are of significance for cultural geography, sociology, anthropology, cultural and media stories, and psychology.

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That is what the word ecstasy means: a displacement, a deviation. In this sense, we are all deviants. (Clément 1994: 257) Significantly, Clément turns to the task of the Indian syncopated renonçant for inspiration to allow her to move from a male philosophy based on activity – on models of movement, speed, time-space compression – to a certain ‘feminine passivity’, understood not as absence of action ‘but as a different and more valuable form of non-action’. (Conley, 1944: xiii) In other words, feminist theory is concerned with providing richer scenes of now.

Fourth, there is then a kind of romanticism that underlines these writers’ thoughts on TimeSpace. g. Abram, 1997). But what we can say is that most of the time the air of the city is not one that they seem to be breathing. 24 I N T RO D U C T I O N Why, then, has there been a rediscovery of dynamism, flow and mobility at the turn of this century, a rediscovery which often goes under the title of ‘the new Bergsonism’ (Watson, 1998), when so much of the debate had already been played out earlier?

This point is worth expanding. 33 J O N M AY A N D N I G E L T H R I F T Take for example, Benjamin’s notion of time. On one level, Benjamin is trying to make a decisive break with a vision of history as linear progress through the method he calls ‘dialectic at a standstill’ which ‘brings together historical materialism and the mystical concept of the nunc stans concentrating its energies on those moments in history which are laden with now time, for example the manner in which the French revolution viewed itself as ancient Rome incarnate; thus to Robespierre ancient Rome was a past charged with the time of the now which he blasted out of the continuum of history’ (Dillon, 1997: 14; my emphasis).

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