Morgan Centre seminar: ‘You need a map not a stopwatch’: Towards a relational interpretation of busyness (Clare Holdsworth)
|Dates:||6 March 2019|
|Times:||15:30 - 17:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Current University students|
Busyness is a current popular obsession. Claims that everyone is busy with too much to do and not enough time have considerable popular and academic support. At both work and home people are encouraged to tackle the problem of busyness through time management techniques, to understand the ways in which they are busy and to carve out ‘me time’ as a solution.
Yet is our current obsession with busyness really about time? What causes us to feel overwhelmed with too much to do? Rather than seeking the problem and solution to busyness through the counting and ordering of time I explore in this seminar how it is more appropriate to understand busyness as a relational phenomenon, that oscillates around the mutuality of responsibility for the self and others.
This theoretical exploration of busyness is illustrated through analysis of Mass Observation Archive accounts of time pressure.
Clare Holdsworth is Professor of Social Geography at Keele University and Honorary Professor of Sociology at the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives. She has researched and written about different aspects of family life and how family is experienced through mobility and practice. She is currently studying busyness and has been awarded a Major Leverhulme Fellowship to facilitate time for this research.
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