Mobile encounters: bus 5A as a cross-cultural meeting place
mode - bus, ridership - attitudes, ridership - behaviour, ridership - drivers, policy - social exclusion
Encounter, public transport, mobile methodologies, bus travel
The paper explores modes of encounters in the everyday practice of bus travel. Particularly, it addresses cross-cultural encounters located in the tension between familiarity and difference, between inclusion and exclusion. The paper is located in contemporary thoughts, approaching public transport not only as a moving device but also as a social arena. Furthermore, the bus is simultaneously perceived as a public space, at once composite, contradictory and heterogeneous, and as a meeting place involving ‘Throwntogetherness’. The encounters analysed are bodily, emotional charged and outspoken meetings between passengers, with the socio-materiality of the bus and drivers as co-riders and gatekeepers.
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Koefoed, L., Christensen, M.D., & Simonsen, K. (2016). Mobile encounters: bus 5A as a cross-cultural meeting place. Mobilities, Published online: 13 Jun 2016.