Mentre tu dormivi: Traghetti e pendolari in British Columbia [While you were asleep: Ferries and commuters in British Columbia]
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Cultural critics have made of the commuter a modern popular culture stereotypical figure, characterized by habitual and automatic behavior. Tied to a security belt, hidden behind a newspaper, stuck inside a train coach, and linked to a cellphone or iPod, the commuter is apparently deprived of sensations, emotions, sense of place, endlessly trapped in the whirl of translocal flows. Such image is undoubtedly superficial. Recently, everyday movement practices have attracted the attention of mobility researchers. An interdisciplinary study of the intersections between bodily and virtual movement of people, objects, and information has developed (Adey 2010). The study of mobility has began to spread light on subjectivities, experiences, and the mundane practices of travellers (such as commuters) with the aim to overcome the commonsensical idea that transit zones (ranging from airport terminals to highways) are spaces without meaningful interaction. With this piece, I seek to contribute to an ethno - graphic study of mobility. More specifically, whereas a large part of research carried out so far has privileged transport means like cars, trains and buses, i turn to a relatively neglected means of mobility: ferries. Drawing on an three-year ethnography among island and seaside communities of British Columbia, Canada (Vannini, 2012), I have interpreted the experiences and practices of commuters’ everyday mobility as active space and time performances.
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