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Feeling in Suspension: Waiting in COVID-19 Shopping Queues

Jones, Victoria J. E. (2022) 'Feeling in Suspension: Waiting in COVID-19 Shopping Queues.', GeoHumanities .

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent UK lockdown were a catalyst for mass waiting. This paper will focus on a phenomenon, a particular form of waiting observed in shopping queues during lock down in the North East of England. Waiting practices formed through the COVID-19 pandemic have opened new forms of feeling, requiring new forms of articulation. As such the paper experiments with language and form speculatively describing feelings and temporalities through a metaphor, suspension. Initially the paper outlines what waiting is and does in order to provide a touchstone when considering the feelings formed within new practices of waiting. It then outlines and considers what liquid suspension can open as a writing device. Then working with suspension and aligned concepts of surface and viscosity, the paper explores the morphologies of mood and sensation felt and shared within COVID-19 pandemic shopping queues.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566X.2021.2014928
Publisher statement:© 2022 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:02 December 2021
Date deposited:15 February 2022
Date of first online publication:03 February 2022
Date first made open access:15 February 2022

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