Journal article

Thinking habits for uncertain subjects: movement, stillness, susceptibility

David Bissell

ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING A-ECONOMY AND SPACE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2011

Abstract

Stillness occupies an ambivalent position in a world of flows. Opening up space required for reflective, contemplative thought, stillness is often posited as a vital supplement to movement. Yet, in spite of its reverence as a cornerstone of moral responsibility and a key technic of modernity, reflective thought is now taken to be just one modality of thinking amongst many others that compose the body. This paper explores what happens to the capacities of reflective thought when gathered into a vitalist diagram of the body. It does this by tracing how different forms of stillness participate in the constitution of differently susceptible bodies. It considers how habit works to both hold still..

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University of Melbourne Researchers