BBC Social Practices Reading Group: Lefebvre Régulier. 1985. The Rhythmanalytical Project

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I joined the Beyond Behaviour Change Social Practices reading group for a discussion of Lefebvre and Régulier’s article on ‘The Rhythmanalytical Project’.

We read the version translated by Mohamed Zayani in Rethinking Marxism: Lefebvre, H. and Régulier, C. (translated by Zayani, M.) 1999. The Rhythmanalytical Project. Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture and Society, Vol 11 (1) pp. 5-13, but you can also find this piece, translated by Stuart Elden, in the back of the rhythmanalysis book: Lefebvre H. ([1992] 2004) Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life, London, New York: Continuum.

We used the following questions for discussion:

  1. Reflecting on some of the ideas introduced in this paper, how do theories of social practice currently account for time? How does this compare (or not) with ideas of rhythmanalysis?
  2. Relatedly, does ‘a detailed description’ of the ‘fragments of time that enumerate mundane activities that fill up fragments of time (such as eating, dressing, cleaning, moving about, and the like)’ referred to on page 8 (fourth paragraph) equate with a description of practices as we usually describe them?
  3. Do Lefebvre and Régulier’s ideas of rhythmanalysis better assist with accounting for bodies as the loci of multiple practices than post-humanist theories of social practice? What might their ideas offer that might currently be underplayed in theories of social practice?
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