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Acceleration as a materially inscribed imperative of capitalist logics of accumulation and competition; 2) the instabilities of capitalism and the associated intensification and extensification of capitalism; and 3) the temporal conflicts between the hegemony of ‘impatient’ fast-moving capital and ‘sluggish’ pace of specific processes underscoring democratic polity. In this connection, it also identifies a particular internal temporal contradiction within the capitalist system. g. Castells 2000a; 2000b; 2004).

Although referring explicitly to automobile speed, the following claim plausibly captures the promise and liberating properties of speed in a general sense: As speed shocks and horrifies, as it excites and thrills, it – and its representations – gives us, in a technologically mediated and mediatized world, a sensation in modernity of the possibilities of the material world and of the possibilities of the interaction of each of us with it. (Duffy 2009: 273) Conclusion After this brief consideration of Duffy, we can return to Rosa and Tomlinson.

We will return to this point later. However, in the same breath Rosa adds that the ‘conditions of possibility’ for self-determination are no longer credible in a society in which acceleration logics have turned against the promise of modernity. Why is that? ; rather, it is the other way around: individual dreams, goals, desires and life-plans are utilized to feed the acceleration-machine’ (2010a: 81). It has become crucial to lead and shape individual lives by ‘staying in the race’ to keep up competitiveness.

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