Urban pram strolling

Authored by: Martin Trandberg Jensen

Handbook of Urban Mobilities

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138482197
eBook ISBN: 9781351058759
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351058759-19

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the situational challenges of urban pram strolling, and explores some of the tactics developed by pram strollers in caring for mobility on behalf of their infants. I argue that pram strolling is more than an instrumental act of ‘pushing a pram’, but a socio-material and non-representational practice. The chapter makes two significant contributions. First, it promotes a new way of researching children–family mobilities by combining mobilities design thinking with multimodal ethnography. Secondly, it develops a new sociological term, homo cura, to shed light on urban inhabitants whose movements within cities are largely shaped by parental considerations.

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