This is a post from a looooong time ago that I never got round to posting, but as I revisit her brain and ideas once more for the second literature review, I feel like now is the time to post it here. Also I feel like given what she talks about in relation to time and space and continuity, I feel it’s actually quite appropriate to have something I wrote a while ago as a new post…anwyay. I’ll let old me do the talking…
I’ve just started reading Doreen Massey’s book For Space and am already head-over-heels with it: not only is her writing style totally fantastic – dynamic and I think really accessible, but she is also exploring ideas of time and space which I find absolutely fascinating.
I have barely even licked the icing which is on what I can tell is going to be a pretty tasty cake, but so far she has outlined previous theorists’ ideas and conceptualisations of time and space. She is frustrated that previously these two concepts have been too readily seen as separate from one another, with time seen as animate and space as dead, where she wants to make the case that space is in fact highly enlivened process (rather than ‘thing’, deadened by being fixed to a thing rather than seen as a process).
Massey lays out the thoughts of a guy called Boundas who pulls together the ideas of two cats called Deleuze and Bergson, exploring these previous musings until she lands upon this idea of the continuation of time and movement, which is impossible to break up into separate, discreet instants. Beginning with the idea that movement is a continuum, Boundas says that
“it is… because the continuum cannot be reduced to an aggregate of points that movement cannot be reduced to what is static. Continua and movements imply one another.’ (Boundas, 1996 p.84)” (Massey 2005:22)
Basically what he is saying, although only really talking about time (part of Massey’s beef with previous thought is the frequent neglect of space in favour of time; thing over process, objectivity over subjectivity), is that time should not be thought of as something which can be broken up, but rather something which is part of one massive continued process.