MURAL - Maynooth University Research Archive Library



    Rhythm-making, halfway ethnographies and ‘city heartbeats’. The Programmable City Working Paper 32


    Coletta, Claudio (2017) Rhythm-making, halfway ethnographies and ‘city heartbeats’. The Programmable City Working Paper 32. Working Paper. SocArXiv.

    [img]
    Preview
    Download (479kB) | Preview
    Official URL: https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/ydut4


    Share your research

    Twitter Facebook LinkedIn GooglePlus Email more...



    Add this article to your Mendeley library


    Abstract

    This paper explores the issue of temporality in undertaking ethnographic fieldwork, drawing on research that examined urban automated management, wherein software is used to automatically regulate traffic flow in a city. In this case, the study addressed: 1) polyrhythmia at different scales produced by algorithms, technology, management and urban life, and; 2) the process of organizing multiple timelines to tune the ‘heartbeat’ of the city. Time is a resource for coordination and regulation, as well as for making sense of actions and experience. Being increasingly dispersed, and black-boxed in a multiplicity of processes affecting and configuring the way the past, present and future are perfomed and lived, time also represents a new object of concern for the ethnographic investigation of algorithmic management. I argue that ethnography allows us to understand the material organizing of dispersed and heterogeneous temporalities while also intersecting with such temporalities. Drawing on Guattari and Deleuze’s concept of ‘refrain’ and from Lefebvre’s ‘rhythmanalysis’, I introduce the concepts of rhythm-making and halfway ethnography with the purpose of accounting for the manufacturing of multiple temporalities and for the time-boundedness that links ethnographic practice and the technological, organizational, and cultural ‘heartbeats’ of fieldwork. This approach intends to temporally and spatially reposition organizational ethnography, offering analytical tools to study new contemporary entanglements of ethnographic practice and data.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: Published as an open access pre-print on SocArXiv: https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/ydut4. Published under a CC-By Attribution 4.0 International Public License. The research for this paper was funded by an ERC Advanced Investigator award (ERC-2012-AdG 323636-SOFTCITY.
    Keywords: time; rhythm-making; halfway ethnography; automated management; city heartbeat; MUSSI; NIRSA;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 9356
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/YDUT4
    Depositing User: Claudio Coletta
    Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 14:57
    Publisher: SocArXiv
    Funders: European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award
    URI:

    Repository Staff Only(login required)

    View Item Item control page

    Downloads

    Downloads per month over past year