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The study of everyday life is fundamental to our understanding of modern society. This book provides a coherent, interdisciplinary way to engage with everyday activities and environments. Arguing for an innovative, ethnographic approach, it uses detailed examples, based in real world and digital research, to bring its theories to life. Sarah Pink focuses on the sensory, embodied, mobile, and mediated elements of practice and place as a route to understanding wider issues. By doing so, she convincingly outlines a robust theoretical and methodological approach to understanding contemporary everyday life and activism.
Chapter 7: (Re)making Towns: Sustainable Activist Places, Practices and Representations
(Re)making Towns: Sustainable Activist Places, Practices and Representations
One of the first things I notice when driving into Aylsham, a small town in North Norfolk, England, with a population of about 6,000, are the road traffic speed signs. The closer one gets to the town centre by car the slower the speed limit, reducing further from the normal [Page 104]30mph for built-up areas to a more unusual 20mph. Slow road traffic speeds, however, only express part of what ‘slow’ in the slow movement means. The term slow refers not to simply reducing the speed at which one travels or does things, but to the quality of life; as Mo, the town clerk, put it: ‘Because Slow, really, as ...