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Pacing Mobilities: Timing, Intensity, Tempo and Duration of Human Movements

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Volume 8

Worlds in Motion

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Pacing Mobilities

Timing, Intensity, Tempo and Duration of Human Movements

Edited by Vered Amit and Noel B. Salazar
Epilogue by Karen Fog Olwig

200 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-724-8 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (June 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-725-5 eBook

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“The comprehensive discussion developed in each chapter benefits from rich ethnographic accounts and diverse theoretical frameworks. Thus, it provides insights into mobilities that exceed the particular scope of the volume. This volume could benefit anybody interested in studying and understanding mobilities more broadly. It draws relations between the sociocultural context within which mobility occurs, the desires and struggles of those who undertake it, and how the overall spatio-temporal mobility experience may affect those who undertake it.” • Irish Journal of Anthropology

“I rate this book very highly. It consolidates research around a topic (pace) that has been floating around in the literature for a while, but that hasn’t been theorized and studied in a systematic manner yet.” • Jennie Germann Molz, College of the Holy Cross

“This is an excellent book … adding a much-needed intervention in the literature on mobilities in insisting on the ways in which temporal dimensions of movement work in the planning and execution of the journeys composing middling migrants’ lives.” • Caroline Knowles, Goldsmith’s, University of London


Turning the attention to the temporal as well as the more familiar spatial dimensions of mobility, this volume focuses on the momentum for and temporal composition of mobility, the rate at which people enact or deploy their movements as well as the conditions under which these moves are being marshalled, represented and contested. This is an anthropological exploration of temporality as a form of action, a process of actively modulating or responding to how people are moving rather than the more usual focus in mobility studies on where they are heading.

Vered Amit is Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal. She is the author or editor of numerous books including most recently Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality with Nigel Rapport (Pluto Press, 2012) and Thinking through Sociality: An Anthropological Interrogation of Key Concepts (Berghahn Books, 2015).

Noel B. Salazar is Research Professor in Anthropology at the University of Leuven. He is the author of Envisioning Eden (Berghahn Books, 2010) and Momentous Mobilities (Berghahn Books, 2018). He is the founder of Cultural Mobilities Research (CuMoRe) and the EASA Anthropology and Mobility Network (AnthroMob).

Subject: Mobility StudiesAnthropology (General)


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