Home as a pocket of local order: Everyday activities and the friction of distance
2004 (English)In: Geografiska Annaler. Series B. Human Geography, ISSN 0435-3684, Vol. 86, no 4, 281-296 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Discourse on the information society currently highlights issues of networks, flows and mobilities as prime organisers and re-organisers of time-space relationships. Such discourse promotes notions of the flexible use of time and space, of people's decoupling from place and even of the end of geography - the belief that distance does not matter. Yet, in this article we argue that the roles of geographical stationarity and proximity in everyday life - understood as the creation and maintaining of pockets of local order - indicate the continuing and often neglected importance of the friction of distance. We demonstrate this empirically by focusing on the home as a pocket of local order, investigating the intensity and spatial extension of people's everyday activities, projects and contacts - their corporeal, virtual and medial (media-related) mobilities - with the world outside. We support our thesis with data from the population, household and individual levels.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 86, no 4, 281-296 p.
time geography, friction of distance, mobility, time use, activity patterns, everyday life, household
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-23725Local ID: 3232OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-23725DiVA: diva2:244040