Every now and then a book appears which can truly be counted as an original. This is one of those books. Each chapter produces a different kind of sparkle but the overall effect is clear: to shine a light into a series of different kinds of social fractures and crevices that make up the use of time, thereby giving the lie to the idea of anything as simple as a notion like routine. The diversity of the book makes it a constant delight to read, the theme will surely be a stimulus to further work. Terrific. Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick. Co-Author of Times, Spaces and Places and Shaping the Day This intriguing collection - striking for its contributions from a range of disciplines - offers fresh perspectives on time, both as an abstraction and as we experience it in daily life. These essays reveal the intersections of natural and commercial rhythms and routines, and illuminate their relationships to material objects. A stimulating and important book, Time, Consumption, and Ever The book is arranged around a number of case studies from different cultures, including a comparative analysis in the UK between 1937 and 2000 and seasonal and commerical rhythms of domestic consumption in Japan. The reader comes away with a much more subtle understanding of the topic. The Scientific and Medical Network The book is well presented, a strongly bound paperback, with acceptable price. The content has very strong value as teaching material as well as building further research. Nancy J. Pollock, Victoria University (New Zealand)
About the Author
Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. Frank Trentmann is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. Richard Wilk is Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Indiana University.