Journal article

Conceptualising differently-mobile passengers: geographies of everyday encumbrance in the railway station

David Bissell

SOCIAL & CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

This paper develops ideas of differential mobility at the scale of the 'everyday' by investigating some of the complex relationships between mobility and immobility; facilitation and encumbrance when moving through railway stations. Drawing on in-depth qualitative research with rail passengers in Britain, the first section explores the entangled relationship between differently-mobile bodies and the station by considering some of the tensions that emerge between experiences of encumbrance and facilitation. Focus here is on how navigating through the station with different mobile objects, or 'prostheses', impacts on passengers in a variety of ways. Drawing on insights from science, technology..

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