chapter  2
12 Pages

Consuming Urban Rhythms: Let’s Ravalejar

ByMonica Degen

Henri Lefebvre's fascination with rhythms was evident through much of his work, but a compilation of insights on the significance of rhythms for understanding the interlocking temporal and spatial character of contemporary social life only appeared as the finale of his written work. This chapter addresses the following particular points: first it retrace some of the overlapping terrain between Lefebvre's critical interest in everyday life and the analysis of rhythms; then it highlights how a focus on the polyrhythmia of everyday spaces informs an understanding of Lefebvre's perspective on historical time, most notably, the critique of a chronological sequence and so-called progressive rendering of history. The everyday spaces discussed are the once' slow-paced rural towns of contemporary Ireland. Ireland has recently undergone a momentous economic and socio-cultural makeover in association with the rhythms of global economic processes, demographic flows, and attendant shifts in consumption, commodification and lifestyle.