In Rhythmanalysis, Henri Lefebvre put forward his ideas on the relationship between time and space, particularly how rhythms characterize space. Here, leading geographers advance and expand on Lefebvre's theories, examining how they intersect with current theoretical and political concerns within the social sciences. In terms of geography, rhythmanalysis highlights tensions between repetition and innovation, between the need for consistency and the need for disruption. These tensions reveal the ways in which social time is managed to ensure a measure of stability through the instantiation of temporal norms, whilst at the same time showing how this is often challenged. In looking at the rhythms of geographies, and drawing upon a wide range of geographical contexts, this book explores the ordering of different rhythms according to four main themes: rhythms of nature, rhythms of everyday life, rhythms of mobility, and the official and routine rhythms which superimpose themselves on the multiple rhythms of the body.
Dr Tim Edensor is Reader in Cultural Geography at the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
'Geographies of Rhythm brings together fascinating contributions to the emerging field of rhythm analysis. Taking its starting point in Henri Lefebvre's inspiring but unfinished analysis, it works through concrete analyses to reach beyond his initial suggestions. The collection addresses a diverse range of issues, which are however connected in a common effort to show how places are always in a process of becoming but at the same time stabilised by repeated patterns of flow or rhythms. This should be a useful text for all those interested in the way in which rhythm analysis can advance the understanding of timespace, place and everyday life.' Kirsten Simonsen, Roskilde University, Denmark 'There is no doubt that the role of rhythm in the constitution and re-constitution of society is an under-explored facet of our existence. Taking off from Henri Lefebvre's suggestive essay on rhythmanalysis the chapters in this book go a long way to correcting this oversight. From horseriding to piloting planes, from city to the country, from interwar London to contemporary Santiago these smart and welcoming essays chart the role of rhythm in a diverse array of everyday lives. In doing so they bring rhythm right into the centre of an inter-disciplinary understanding of the mobilities of life. This book makes the project of rhythmanalysis a reality and it is sure to be a key reading for generations of scholars to come.' Tim Cresswell, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK 'Geographies of Rhythm mobilizes Henri Lefebvre's "rhythmanalysis" for the 21st century. Edensor and his contributors show how attention to the polyrhythmic quality of everyday life leads to a new approach to politics, aesthetics and ethics - and to a damning critique of economic rationality and utilitarian thinking and planning.' Rob Shields, University of Alberta, Canada