Routine and revelation

Dis-embodied urban mobilities

Authored by: Lynne Pearce

Handbook of Urban Mobilities

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

Print ISBN: 9781138482197
eBook ISBN: 9781351058759
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351058759-21

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Abstract

While recent mobilities scholarship – drawing upon posthuman methodologies and phenomenological textual practices – has found evocative new ways of capturing the multifarious flows, rhythms and routines of urban life, this has necessarily been at the expense of enquiry into what individual subjects are thinking about as they travel through the city. This chapter explores the complex ways in which memory intrudes upon our everyday mobilities via thought-chains that are often profoundly dis-embodied, and – with reference to Manchester’s literary fiction – demonstrates how a routine commute can turn into a revelatory experience.

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