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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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Introduction: Between Mercury and Jove

Part One Speed: Towards Velocentric Perspective

Chapter One “To Fly like Mercury”: Acceleration and Modern Experience

Chapter Two Streamlined Culture and the Rise of the Mis-man

Part Two Slow Time and Alternative Hedonism

Chapter Three “To Sit like Jove”: Slowness and Everyday Resistance

Chapter Four The Temporality of (Other) Pleasures

Part Three The Other Speed: Cultural Practices and Representations

Chapter Five New Territoriality in the Age of Deterritorialization

Chapter Six Negotiating Mobility: On the Slow Move

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