Beyond Rhythmanalysis (with Mattias Kärrholm)

Photo courtesy | Jesper Magnusson

Photo courtesy | Jesper Magnusson

Abstract. The recent, rich scholarship on rhythms proves that rhythmanalysis is extremely important and helpful as a sensitising attitude and a research technique. Despite its increasing recognition, rhythmanalysis has not yet become a proper science as its proponents had hoped. In this article we argue that rhythmanalysis could benefit from being further developed and integrated into a wider science of territories. What we need to attain is not simply a recording, capturing or description of rhythms; instead, the real goal is to capture the life of rhythms as they enter territorial formations. In other words, we invite to bring a neo-vitalistic conception into the social-scientific understanding of the relation between rhythms and territories. More specifically, we suggest that the notion of rhythm could be explored not only in terms of the recurrent patterns of association it defines, but also with essential reference to the intensive situations and moments it generates and, in the end, territorialises. As a case study to highlight this, we focus on a particular territorial sort, the urban playground.

 

Keywords. Science of Territories; Social Rhythms; Rhythmanalysis; Urban Playgrounds; Territorial intensities

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