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Time, Geographies of

  • By: Phillipa Marlis Mitchell
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The fast pace of modern life and the complex uncertainties of environmental change have led both human and physical geographers to question their understanding of time. Since the 1960s, there has been a significant shift away from chronological, linear conceptions of time toward understandings that examine it as nonlinear and chaotic, something experienced as dynamic and interconnected with different spaces and places. An increasing range of conceptions and debates is emerging under the heading “geographies of time. “ Of particular interest from a human geography perspective are ideas concerning social time, such as geographies of rhythms and lived time, which explore people's everyday experiences of time. Critically, scholars are increasingly debating whether time should still be conceived independently from space, a dualism prominent throughout geography.

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