Driving and ‘Passengering’: Notes on the Ordinary Organization of Car Travel

Laurier, Eric and Lorimer, Hayden and Brown, Barry and Jones, Owain and Juhlin, Oskar and Noble, Allyson and Perry, Mark and Pica, Daniele and Sormani, Philippe and Strebel, Ignaz and Swan, Laurel and Taylor, Alex S. and Watts, Laura and Weilenmann, Alexandra (2008) Driving and ‘Passengering’: Notes on the Ordinary Organization of Car Travel. Mobilities, 3 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 1745-0101

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Abstract

We spend ever-increasing periods of our lives travelling in cars, yet quite what it is we do while travelling, aside from driving the vehicle itself, is largely overlooked. Drawing on analyses of video records of a series of quite ordinary episodes of car travel, in this paper we begin to document what happens during car journeys. The material concentrates on situations where people are travelling together in order to examine how social units such as families or relationships such as colleagues or friends are re-assembled and re-organised in the small-scale spaces that are car interiors. Particular attention is paid to the forms of conversation occurring during car journeys and the manner in which they are complicated by seating and visibility arrangements. Finally, the paper touches upon the unusual form of hospitality which emerges in car-sharing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: driving; passengers; interaction; car travel
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2014 13:53
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2014 13:53
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/439

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