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Time, Consumption and Everday Life (Berg, 2009)
Editors: Elizabeth Shove (Lancaster University), Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck College, University of London) and Richard Wilk (Indiana University)
"Time" has become a central topic of current debate, in the academy as well as in public life more generally. Anxieties about "time poverty" and hurriedness, burn-out and stress are a daily staple of public debate. There is widespread concern that our material civilization has spun out of control, become too fast for our own well-being and that of the planet -- fears that find an expression in movements ranging from slow food and slow cities to slow sex and a simpler life-style. Yet, we are surprisingly ill-equipped to understand the temporal organization of everyday life and its changing rhythms. Existing research has primarily focused either on aggregate statistical information (national time use series) or on the sense of rush and contemporary anxieties about running out of time. What lies behind and shapes the temporal pattern of our lives and material culture, however, is imperfectly understood. This volume showcases new ways of thinking about the subject and establishes a new agenda of research.