Consuming Places by John Urry

By John Urry

John Urry has been discussing and writing on those and related questions for the earlier fifteen years. In eating locations, he gathers jointly his most important contributions. Urry starts off with an in depth evaluate of the connections among society, time and area. the concept that of 'society', the character of 'locality', the importance of 'economic restructuring', and the idea that of the 'rural', are tested in dating to put. The e-book then considers how areas were reworked through the improvement of provider occupations and industries. suggestions of the provider classification and post-industrialism are theoretically and empirically mentioned. realization is then dedicated to the ways that locations are ate up. specific cognizance is dedicated to the visible personality of such intake and its implications for position and folks. the consequences for nature and the surroundings also are explored extensive. The altering nature of intake, and the tensions among commodification and collective enthusiasms, are explored within the context of the altering ways that the nation-state is fed on.

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It can thus be defined negatively— as a discourse with minimal organisation, structure or unity into which many contending developments from other social sciences get incorporated. So although it is parasitic it enjoys two crucially important features: first, to provide a site within which further elaboration of the original innovation may occur; and second, to provide the context in which a wide variety of contending social theories can be placed in juxtaposition with each other. This has the function of promoting interdiscursive debate and confrontation.

Moreover, the very duration of time which is Bergson’s concern is itself dependent upon such spatial specificity. Space is necessary to give quality to time. Or as Game neatly expresses it: ‘Space transforms time in such a way that memory is made possible’ (1994:16). Thus a space such as a house plays a particularly significant role in the forming of memory. In particular, it shelters day-dreaming, it is a metaphorical space within which Bergsonian time operates. Third, Bachelard presents a notion of memory as embodied.

I noted earlier that one deficiency of Bergson’s analysis is that he conceptualised space as overly abstract and quantitative, and hence his account of duration remains disembodied and abstract. Bachelard (1969) endeavours to remedy this failing by developing a conception of space as qualitative and heterogenous, and central to the Bergsonian comprehension of time. There are three points to make here (see Game 1994). First, Bachelard argues that phenomenology 23 CONSUMING PLACES is concerned with experiencing an image in its ‘reverberations’, not in terms of its visual impact.

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