Habits

Authored by: David Bissell

The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415667715
eBook ISBN: 9781315857572
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934134

10.4324/9781315857572.ch47

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Abstract

The paradoxical status of habit is what characterises so many mobile lives. Habit haunts the temporalities of the endemic, eases our everyday routines, and sculpts our tastes, aptitudes and desires. But habit also dulls excitement and sense, saps our creative impulses and attenuates our horizons. Habit at once provides the material grips on the world that we require to form attachments and allegiances; whilst at the same time provides the bedrock against which we can fashion new stimulations.

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