Feeling the commute: Affect, affordance and communities in motion

Falconer, E. 2017. Feeling the commute: Affect, affordance and communities in motion. in: Spinney, J., Reimer, S. and Pinch, P. (ed.) Mobilising Design Routledge. pp. 200-210

Chapter titleFeeling the commute: Affect, affordance and communities in motion
AuthorsFalconer, E.
EditorsSpinney, J., Reimer, S. and Pinch, P.
Abstract

This chapter draws upon research conducted in 2012-2013 in the English town of Glossop, Derbyshire, UK, exploring notions of affect, affordance and interconnections as part of a project within the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Connected Communities programme: Revisiting the mid-point of British Communities: a study of affect, affordance and connectivity in Glossop. The project aimed to explore how an affectual analysis of place, space and mobility reveal a deeper understanding of how non-familial residents of Glossop connect/ disconnect with each other. This chapter will specifically focus on experiences of Glossop train station, illustrating research data gathered during the train commute from Glossop to Manchester, as well as the affordances of the train station itself. Highlighting contemporary residential migration patterns, practices of commuting and everyday mobilities, this focus asks how people’s senses and feelings of community are constituted in relation to these mobilities and the affordances of particular spaces. The findings of this chapter further reveal that amalgamating a study of affect and atmospheres within social and cultural contexts can impact on the design of mobility, transport and spaces which are designed to facilitate community (dis)connection.

Book titleMobilising Design
Page range200-210
Year2017
PublisherRoutledge
FileEmily chapter revised final .pdf
Publication dates
Published02 Feb 2017
ISBN9781138676374

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