Notes: Tim Edensor, “Commuter: Mobility, Rhythm and Commuting” in Tim Cresswell and Peter Merriman’s Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects

Edensor, Tim. (2011). Commuter: Mobility, rhythm and commuting. in Tim Cresswell and Peter Merriman (Eds.) Geographies of mobilities: Pracices, spaces, subjects. Burlington, VT, 189-203.

Summary:

Edensor articulates the many layers of rhythms that structure commuter-cultures and how these shape our understandings of space and place.

Keywords: Geography, Human Geography, Commuting, Transport, Place, Space, Non-Place

Sources:

Bonham, J. (2006). Transport: Disciplining the body that travels. The Sociological Review, 54(1), 54-74.

Quotations:

“First of all, rhythmanalysis elucidates how places posses no essence but are ceaselessly (re)constituted out of their connections” (190).

“Places are thus continually (re)produced through the mobile flows which course through and around them, bringing together ephemeral, contingent, and relatively stable arrangements of people, energy, and matter” (190).

“Rhythmanalysis thus emphasizes the dynamic processual qualities of place, circumventing overarching sedentarist spatial reifications in contradistinction to ‘time geographies’ which abstractly spatialize or map time onto place. Spaces are thus always immanent, in process, fecund and decaying” (190).

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