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Time, space, mass culture

Librarian publishes on Henri Lefebvre's 'unrealized sociology of boredom'

Research | Books at Memorial

Henri Lefebvre, Boredom, and Everyday Life culls together the scattered fragments of Henri Lefebvre’s (1901–91) unrealized sociology of boredom.

In assembling these fragments, sprinkled through Lefebvre’s vast oeuvre, Dr. Patrick Gamsby, a librarian at Memorial University’s Queen Elizabeth II Library, constructs the core elements of Lefebvre’s latent theory of boredom.

Themes of time (modernity, everyday), space (urban, suburban) and mass culture (culture industry, industry culture) are explored throughout the book, unveiling a concealed dialectical movement at work with the experience of boredom.

In analyzing the dialectic of boredom, Dr. Gamsby argues that Lefebvre’s project of a critique of everyday life is key for making sense of the linkages between boredom and everyday life in the modern world.

Henri Lefebvre, Boredom, and Everyday Life is published by Rowman and Littlefield.

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