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Home as a pocket of local order: Everyday activities and the friction of distance
Kulturgeografi Göteborgs universitet.
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4133-1204
2004 (English)In: Geografiska Annaler. Series B. Human Geography, ISSN 0435-3684, Vol. 86, no 4, 281-296 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2004. Vol. 86, no 4, 281-296 p.
Keyword [en]
time geography, friction of distance, mobility, time use, activity patterns, everyday life, household
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-23725Local ID: 3232OAI: diva2:244040
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2015-02-05

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