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Rhythms of individuation: time, stratification and youth trajectories at the periphery

Richmond, Matthew (2021) Rhythms of individuation: time, stratification and youth trajectories at the periphery. Subjectivity, 14 (1-2). 19 - 35. ISSN 1755-6341

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Identification Number: 10.1057/s41286-021-00114-3


The formation of subjects’ temporal frames of thought and action has long been central to the study of social stratification. However, theorisation of these processes hastended to focus on highly institutionalised environments in the global North. By contrast, the peripheries of Brazilian cities constitute “heterogeneous fields” of subjectivity formation, in which state institutions act in highly uneven ways and coexist with other actors and processes. To account for these contextual differences, this article proposes we reimagine linear processes of social reproduction, characteristic of structuralist models, as processes of “individuation”, whereby subjects emerge through interaction with heterogeneous pre-individual fields. As they individuate, subjects encounter diverse “rhythms”, generating experiences of “eurhythmia” and “arrythmia” that influence individual decisions and shape life trajectories. To illustrate the approach, these analytical tools are applied to case studies of three young people drawn from ethnographic research conducted in the periphery of São Paulo.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Author, under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited
Divisions: IGA: Latin America and Caribbean Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 11 May 2021 14:30
Last Modified: 19 May 2022 23:00

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