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

Elizabeth Shove, Frank Trentmann, Richard Wilk
Publication Date
Berg Publishers

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, burnout 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.