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Stop and Go: A Field Study of Pedestrian Practice, Immobility and Urban Outreach Work

Hall, Thomas Adrian ORCID: and Smith, Robin James ORCID: 2013. Stop and Go: A Field Study of Pedestrian Practice, Immobility and Urban Outreach Work. Mobilities 8 (2) , pp. 272-292. 10.1080/17450101.2012.659470

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Drawing on fieldwork observation of a team of street-level welfare bureaucrats, this article presents a pedestrian case-study of routine footwork and slow progress in the making and maintaining of contact between outreach workers and the urban homeless. This material is used to highlight two aspects of modern-day mobilities that are perhaps under-examined and certainly worthy of attention. The first is urban pedestrianism, described here not as a means of transport – walking as a way of getting somewhere (else) – but as a nonetheless necessary practice, a job of work, or chore. The article also examines immobility – stopping – as an active accomplishment, something other than the absence or tethering of movement, and reciprocally linked to the pedestrian activity described. The politics of urban public space provide background and context.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pedestrian(s), walking, outreach, homelessness, regeneration
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1745-0101
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:32

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