Dislocated temporalities : valuing difference and working together

Chapman, Jonathan and Chalaris, Konstantinos (2018) Dislocated temporalities : valuing difference and working together. In: Charter, Martin, (ed.) Designing for the circular economy. Abingdon, Oxon, U.K : Routledge. pp. 213-220. ISBN 9781138081017

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Design Schools and businesses a range of sectors are taking-up the challenge to develop more resource efficient practices and processes. However, despite growth in academic and commercial engagement, much of this research happens in isolation from one another. Partnerships are critical in transitioning to a circular economy—we need to work together. However, partnerships are often messy, frustrating encounters characterised by ongoing negotiation and reluctant cultural appropriation. This chapter reflects upon a research collaboration between the authors—two Design academics—and The Body Shop. We remark on the discovery of deep cultural and structural incompatibilities, on both sides, and their positive and negative implications for the research. In particular, we describe “dislocated temporalities”, wherein each partner fails to value the pace and depth of work carried out by the other. Our contention, therefore, is that for partnerships to first establish, and then endure fruitfully, a far deeper appreciation of each other’s temporal culture is needed, and ideally, a “hybrid temporality” be established as common ground—a site for sustainable innovation.

Item Type: Book Section
Physical Location: This item is held in stock at Kingston University library.
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainability; circular; economy; design; business
Research Area: Art and design
Communication, cultural and media studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Kingston School of Art
Depositing User: Konstantinos Chalaris
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2019 11:07
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 10:53
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/42143

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