Emotions on the move: Mobile emotions among train commuters in the South East of Denmark

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Journal Article

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Subject Area

mode - rail, place - europe, ridership - perceptions


Mobility, Emotion, Commuting, Experience, Everyday life


The overall aim of this paper is to discuss how including, and stressing, emotions in research enables us to understand the experience of commuting as an everyday practice that has more meaning than a journey from A to B. The paper shows how emotions are practiced and produced while commuting, and how these emotions are crucial for the production of social space onboard trains. In doing so it draws on ethnographical research conducted while following various commuting communities and individual commuters. The paper concludes that the emotional practice of commuting produces an ever changing space where the practices of commuting with all their variations fill and add to lives on board and outside of the train.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Elsevier, copyright remains with them.


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