Running to stand still: late modernity's acceleration fixation

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dc.contributor.author Kavanagh, Donncha
dc.contributor.author Lightfoot, Geoff
dc.contributor.author Lilley, Simon
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-24T15:04:18Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-24T15:04:18Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Kavanagh, D., Lightfoot, G. and Lilley, S. (2007) 'Running to stand still: late modernity's acceleration fixation', Cultural Politics, 3(1), pp. 95-122. doi: 10.2752/174321907780031043 en
dc.identifier.volume 3 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 95 en
dc.identifier.endpage 122 en
dc.identifier.issn 1743-2197
dc.identifier.issn 1751-7435
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2780
dc.identifier.doi 10.2752/174321907780031043
dc.description.abstract That we live in a time of unprecedented and ever-increasing change is both a shibboleth of our age and the more-or-less explicit justification for all manner of “strategic” actions. The seldom, if ever, questioned assumption is that our now is more ephemeral, more evanescent, than any that preceded it. In this essay, we subject this assumption to some critical scrutiny, utilizing a range of empirical detail. In the face of this assay we find the assumption to be considerably wanting. We suggest that what we are actually witnessing is mere acceleration, which we distinguish as intensification along a preexisting trajectory, parading as more substantive and radical movement away from a preexisting trajectory. Deploying Deleuze's (2004) terms we are, we suggest, in thrall to representation of the same at the expense of repetition of difference. Our consumption by acceleration, we argue, both occludes the lack of substantive change actually occurring while simultaneously delimiting possibilities of thinking of and enacting the truly radical. We also consider how this setup is maintained, thus attempting to shed some light on why we are seemingly running to stand still. As the Red Queen said, “it's necessary to run faster even to stay in the one place.” en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights © Berg 2007 en
dc.subject Change en
dc.subject Acceleration en
dc.subject Management en
dc.subject Strategy en
dc.subject Technological diffusion en
dc.title Running to stand still: late modernity's acceleration fixation en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Donncha Kavanagh, Management & Marketing, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: d.kavanagh@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2014-11-01T16:42:17Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Cultural Politics en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress donncha.kavanagh@ucd.ie en


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