The Time of Reading. A Reconstruction of Aestheticized Proper Times, and How We Direct Time While (Acoustically) Appropriating It


  • Miklas Schulz Universität Duisburg-Essen



reconstructive interview research, agency analysis, practice theory-informed sociology of senses, aestheticized proper time


Time never occurs on its own, it is a relational construct. Time is always time of and in relation to something. It is therefore important to track down its constitutive contexts of reference. The article uses interview material to illustrate how questions of time can be empirically assessed, and how subjective time experience can be captured reconstructively. This is exemplified via language-bound (audio-) text appropriation. In contrast to reading text, the audiobook has its own quality of time structure. Time required for its appropriation is predetermined, can hardly be accelerated and requires devotion to its own time. On this basis, an aestheticized proper "time" can arise in the case of delightful devotion (submission of one’s agency). Through the agency analysis demonstrated here, insight can be gained as to how people set themselves into a relationship with specific orders of time (internal and external) of (audio-)texts via appropriation practices, or how they produce temporalities within a media dispositif. Such aestheticized proper times can at times serve as an important function for everyday coping.


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Author Biography

Miklas Schulz, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Dr. phil. Miklas SCHULZ vertritt seit dem Sommersemester 2019 die Professur Inklusive Pädagogik und Diversität an der Universität Duisburg-Essen. Er ist promovierter Soziologie, Medien- u. Kommunikationswissenschaftler und arbeitet als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Postdoc) am Institut für Sonderpädagogik an der Leibniz Universität Hannover (beurlaubt). Die Forschungsschwerpunkte sind: Medien-, Körper-, Kultursoziologie, Disability/Critical Blindness Studies und qualitative Methoden der Sozialforschung sowie Dispositivanalyse.



How to Cite

Schulz, M. (2020). The Time of Reading. A Reconstruction of Aestheticized Proper Times, and How We Direct Time While (Acoustically) Appropriating It. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 21(2).



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