Towards a discursive analytics of movement: On the making and unmaking of movement as an object of knowledge

Birgitta Frello

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This paper takes as its point of departure the expanding scholarly interest in issues of mobility and movement. It argues that movement is not only a physical activity which is entangled in power and meaning but is fundamentally discursively constituted. Through discussions of theory and of three examples taken from Danish media, it is shown that the study of movement cannot be separated from that of discursive power. Access to and control over physical movement is unequally distributed. However, so is access to and control over assessing which activities can meaningfully be given the label ‘movement' in the first place. Understanding movement in this way leads us to ask how various activities are given the status of ‘movement', as well as how they are given meaning and importance, by whom and with what consequences. This involves asking how the poles between which movement takes place are themselves identified; how the distinction and the relationship between inside and outside are designated; and how distinctions between movement and stasis inform political and cultural struggle.


Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)25-50
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Mobility versus immobility
  • discourse analysis
  • social construction
  • knowledge

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