Tears of time : a Lefebvrian rhythmanalysis approach to explore the mobility experiences of young Eastern Europeans in Spain

Silvia Marcu
  • Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, January 2017, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/tran.12174

I explore the rhythm mobility of young Eastern Europeans in Spain

What is it about?

I highlights the issue of rhythmic change in temporary mobility, uncovering ‘arrhythmic’ mobility, ; ‘polyrhythmic’ mobility, practised by people looking to study and/or work and expressed through uncertainty on the one hand and the possibility of establishing a certain rhythm in their lives on the other; and ‘eurhythmic’ mobility, used by those with a stable professional status in one of the EU countries.

Why is it important?

Following Lefebvre's rhythmanalysis approach, and drawing on 60 in‐depth qualitative interviews, I investigates how rhythms are linked to youth mobility and how different interplays of rhythms are connected and disconnected in multiple ways. I argue that both the EU socio‐economic context and the personal and professional life‐course circumstances of young Eastern Europeans who practice mobility create different, uneven rhythms that influence their everyday lives and their perceptions of mobility.


Dr Silvia Marcu

I underline the significance of this paper at a time when society (media and policymakers, specifically) might argue that the most important questions in research on human mobility are nowadays issues such as the plight of migrants who lose their life in the Mediterranean Sea, or the disciplining of mobile young radicalised people fleeing to Syria to fight for the so‐called Islamic State (ISIS). Without minimising these pressing concerns affecting global mobility and requiring deep analysis, I highlight the issue of rhythmic change in experiencing temporary mobility as an increasingly significant phenomenon. The socio‐economic adversities suffered by Eastern Europeans in the last 25 years, but mainly the latter European recession that amplified the rate of unemployed youth affecting the EU (23%

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