Music in the time-spectrum: routines, spaces and emotional experience



Sinclair G, Tinson J & Dolan P (2019) Music in the time-spectrum: routines, spaces and emotional experience. Leisure Studies, 38 (4), pp. 509-522.

Music streaming, structured by an expanding network of social interdependencies (e.g. musicians, sound engineers, computer scientists and distributors) has made it easier to consume music in a wider number of social and private spaces and to a greater degree. This paper examines the emotional experience of contemporary music consumption by drawing from an Eliasian perspective, specifically Elias and Dunning’s sociology of leisure. We explore the relationship between work, spare time and leisure spaces, rather than examining specific spaces in isolation. We argue that music is used to demarcate, transition between, and blur space. Music plays an important role in facilitating the rhythm of routine, helping individuals to adjust to the demands of different spaces (based on varying intensities and immediacies of social pressures) and manage mood. The key characteristics of leisure that Elias and Dunning identify (motility, sociability and mimetic tension) are explored across the spectrum of time and space.

Music streaming; figurational sociology; sparetime spectrum; work; leisure

Leisure Studies: Volume 38, Issue 4

FundersThe British Academy
Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online27/03/2019
Date accepted by journal11/03/2019

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Professor Julie Tinson

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