Mobile encounters: bus 5A as a cross-cultural meeting place

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The paper explores modes of encounters in the everyday practice of bus travel. Particularly, it addresses cross-cultural encounters located in the tension between familiarity and difference, between inclusion and exclusion. The paper is located in contemporary thoughts, approaching public transport not only as a moving device but also as a social arena. Furthermore, the bus is simultaneously perceived as a public space, at once composite, contradictory and heterogeneous, and as a meeting place involving ‘Throwntogetherness’. The encounters analysed are bodily, emotional charged and outspoken meetings between passengers, with the socio-materiality of the bus and drivers as co-riders and gatekeepers.
Translated title of the contributionMobile møder: bus 5A som tværkulturelt mødested
Original languageEnglish
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)726-739
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


  • Encounter
  • Public transport
  • Mobile methodologies
  • Bus travel

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