Submobilities, or on the Multiple Modes of Movement in the City
[Submobil’nosti, ili o mnozhestvennosti rezhimov gorodskikh mobil’nostei]
Type of publication: Research Article
sub-mobilities, anthropology of mobilities, mobility infrastructure, public transport, marshrutki, trams and trolley-buses, children’s mobility
This article discusses a multiplicity of modes of urban mobilities. The idea of multiplicity refers to a culture of mobility understood as a contested field of alternative or othered to each other forms of mobility that occupy a dominant or subjected position in the field. We propose the notion of submobility that grasps processes of othering, i.e. production of various modes of movement as marginal and as a result situated “below the radar” of dominant frames in the cultures of mobilities. The notion of sub-mobility is exemplified in three case-studies. The first considers the othering of paratransit within the frames of transportation policies in the USA at the beginning of the 20th century and in Russia a hundred years later. The second analyses the fragmentation of the public transport systems and differentiation of its user groups in post-socialist Ukraine and Romania. The third case looks at the processes of normalization and othering of children’s movements in contemporary mobility systems and urban spaces.
Vozyanov, A.G., A.G. Kuznetsov, and E.G. Laktyukhina. 2017. Submobil’nosti, ili o mnozhestvennosti rezhimov gorodskikh mobil’nostei [Submobilities, or on the Multiple Modes of Movement in the City]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 6: 30-43
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