Mobilities are shaped by social inequalities and spatial unevenness as demonstrated in a range of existing studies across disciplines. These inequalities are manifest at different scales, from the very local spaces of everyday life to global spaces of accelerated mobilities. Mobile spaces, however distant, are connected through common everyday practices and the socio-cultural contexts in which they are produced. In this paper we argue that researching these interconnectivities and commonalities requires a particular methodological approach that accounts for the situatedness of experience. Our focus is on the ways in which inequalities according to gender and generation are generated through urban designed spaces. We suggest that drawing in to a shared material and ‘border’ object, the urban bench, provides a point of reflection on these distant yet parallel expressions of mobile inequality.
Bibliographical noteThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mobilities (ISSN: 1745-0101) on 31/10/2016 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17450101.2016.1211822
- urban borders
- bench study
- comparative mobilities
- School of Applied Social Science - Associate Dean Research and Enterprise
- Centre for Arts and Wellbeing
- Cities, Injustice and Resistance Research and Enterprise Group