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The Sociology of SpeedDigital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities$
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Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198782858

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198782858.001.0001

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Speed, Time, Infrastructure

Speed, Time, Infrastructure

Temporalities of Breakdown, Maintenance, and Repair

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The Sociology of Speed

Steven J. Jackson

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how maintenance and repair are the slow underbelly of modernity’s stories of rupture and acceleration. Drawing on empirical sites and examples from around the world, it considers the social and material work of simply “going on” through which continuities are built and established, change is produced, and forms of value—in practices, systems, and infrastructures, but also human lives—are established and preserved. This work in turn produces distinct forms and experiences of time. Jackson’s original stress on the necessity of maintenance and repair thus provides us with a very different frame through which to think about the acceleration stories that have shaped understandings of technology and social order for the past 200 years.

Keywords:   speed, time, infrastructure, temporalities, breakdown, maintenance, repair

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