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Resistance in the Deceleration Lane

Velocentrism, Slow Culture and Everyday Practice


Marzena Kubisz

Motivated by a desire to reflect critically on the ways in which speeds, both high and low, and their representations affect the construction, deconstruction and reconstruction of meanings around particular cultural texts, images and practices, Resistance in the Deceleration Lane uses the velocentric perspective to examine the phenomenon of «slow living» and its rhetoric. The book analyzes cultural practices which are inspired by the conviction that the increased speed of everyday life cannot be accepted unquestioningly. It portrays slowness as a strategy of contestation and resistance on one hand, and on the other it highlights the process of the gradual commercialization of the slow logo and suggests the rise of a post-slow stage in the history of speed.
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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Kubisz, Marzena.

Resistance in the deceleration lane : velocentrism, slow culture and everyday practice / Marzena Kubisz. – Peter Lang Edition.

pages cm. – (Literary and cultural theory ; volume 42)

Includes bibliographical references.

ISBN 978-3-631-65558-0 (Print) – ISBN 978-3-653-04739-4 (E-Book)

1. Time–Sociological aspects. 2. Speed–Social aspects. 3. Slow life movement. 4. Technological innovations–Social aspects. I. Title.

HM656.K83 2014



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