Contributors: Salmela, Tarja (University of Lapland)
Tarja Salmela (M.Soc.Sci/management, PhD student) works as a junior researcher in the University of Lapland. Her doctoral thesis explores the mobile economy through a novel lens of sleep and stillness, focusing on organizations, economy and the marketplace, inspired by alternative economic mindsets.
Scientific paper contribution: Sleep and stillness in a mobile economy
Keywords: Sleep, stillness, ethical and moral agency, critical re-reading, growth-necessity,
Narrative step: Visions and strategies for transformation
Abstract: The contemporary economy is built on the value of mobility, achievement, control and efficiency. It leans on the active subject: the one being wide awake and alert. This ideal of the ‘economic man’ profits the growth-necessitated economic thought of our society. But what has been forgotten is that an economic man “is possible only as a subject which sleeps, which has slept, and which will sleep again” (Harrison 2009, 989). It is a subject which, in the existence of mobility, is also still and dormant; a subject which sleeps one third of its life. Furthermore, a sleeping subject is one that carries along a certain kind of virtue, an ethical and moral agency. By focusing on this inevitable, but mostly forgotten, part of a subject it enables us to explore the ongoing economic debate from a novel perspective.