Travels, Typing and Tales

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Abstract

Narratives surround us in everyday life; in planning, politics, media coverage, research, and among children. But as mobilities and planning researchers we do not seem to fully connect the practice with storytelling, academic writing or representation. Due to the more poetic, fabulous (from fable), and narrative language, stories can ‘voice’ humans’ shambles of ambiguousness, delightfulness and quirkiness, and our on-going rationalisation to try and make life meaningful. This knowledge can help us understand the assembly of modern urban environments and societies, and expose sense making in urban societies in the perpetual construction of cities. My contribution is based on my negotiations with myself on how to communicate and represent my fieldwork and studies of the urban development of the Colombian capital, Bogotá. It is about performing urban consultancy and being transnational. The main argument is to highlight the power of stories, both as method and representation and to show how stories can prompt path-dependent acknowledgements that are part of reproducing urban challenges such as ‘sustain-ability’ , inequality, and discrimination. These kind of stories are not about moving readers to tears, or about navel-gazing, but to demonstrate that those who ‘write culture’ suggest how ‘reality’ could be different, and this in itself can endorse a mobilisation of the sociological imagination.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelExperiencing Networked Urban Mobilities : Practices, Flows, Methods
RedaktørerMalene Freudendal-Pedersen, Katrine Hartmann-Petersen, Emmy Laura Perez Fjalland
Udgivelses stedNew York
ForlagRoutledge
Publikationsdato15 jan. 2018
Sider163-169
Kapitel29
ISBN (Trykt)9781138712317
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781315200255
StatusUdgivet - 15 jan. 2018
NavnNetworked Urban Mobilities Series
Nummer2

Citer dette

Fjalland, E. L. P. (2018). Travels, Typing and Tales. I M. Freudendal-Pedersen, K. Hartmann-Petersen, & E. L. Perez Fjalland (red.), Experiencing Networked Urban Mobilities: Practices, Flows, Methods (s. 163-169). Routledge. Networked Urban Mobilities Series, Nr. 2