Break! The order of time and breaks from the perspective of everyday life
Muri analyzes ´cultures´ of breaks - whether it is everyday breaks such as lunch time, leisure time, weekends, or vacation. Breaks differ individually, they are organized and experienced in different ways: as a scarce resource, necessary relief, recreation, as a happy time, or collective activity, and there are ´negative´, forced breaks such as unemployment. Muri gives a sketch of the discourse on time, from M. Schöps via Foucault, Max Weber, A. Schütz and T. Luckmann to H. Nowotny. She describes the modern regime of time starting in Christian monasteries, the widespread distribution of clocks, and normative orders of time in everyday life. This is followed by a systematic survey of varieties of breaks: breaks related to work time, leisure time in relation to daily routine, breaks in the annual cycle (vacation, festivals), breaks of the life course, space and time as categories of experience, and time as a scarce resource: the subjective experience of accelerating time.
Keywords: breaks and culture, culture of breaks, leisure time, time and breaks, recreation, modern time, acceleration of time, vacation, festivals