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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Publication details for Professor Mike Crang

book coverCrang, M. Speed= distance/time chronotopographies of action. In: Hassan, R. & Purser, R. 24/7Time and Temporality in the Network Society. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press; 2007:62-88.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

In this essay I want to begin with some of the grand claims and narratives of changing temporality heralded via information technology. However, I also want to write into these the way changes in time are bound up with changes in space, and that spatialities and temporalities are mutually constitutive. I begin with stories of compression and dispersal – that is activities intensifying in time and allegedly dispersing in space. In this tale I foreground discussions of acceleration and speed in a real-time society. From this, I suggest how flexibility of location and timing of activities can be seen through information and communication technologies (ICTs). Finally, I highlight several specific aspects of flexibility in both time and space, but also start to figure how the two dimensions act together