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Bedtime material: recording becoming asleep

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Abstract:

This article builds upon emerging work on the geographies of sleep by turning to the sleep-hopeful body. More specifically, it attends to the methodological challenges posed by this work and the question of how spaces and states of sleep-hopefulness might be approached by geographers. Building on existing research on the geographies of biography, personal diaries are offered as a methodological avenue through which the sleep-hopeful body might be thought through. Two private diaries are used to discuss sleep as an affective process. The affective allows an opportunity for thinking sleepy bodies in relation to other non-human objects, things and forces. This opens up questions of how such processes can be known and recorded by the subject. These are held in relation to a wider discussion on the (un)knowing subject. The paper considers how diary entries might be used to get at the spaces and relations of sleep, between human and non-human bodies and the affective forces between them. The article concludes by considering what this approach and use of diaries brings to nascent geographies of sleep, and in turn, how attending to geographies of sleep might add to existing non-representational geographies.

Keywords: affect; diaries; non-representational theory; sleep

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2010.00986.x

Affiliations: Department of History, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RA, Email: paul.ashmore@sheffield.ac.uk

Publication date: 2011-06-01

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