Racialized Mobility Transitions in Philadelphia

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Fragments of “Cultures of Mobility”: Everyday Movement of Parents with Children in Cagliari, Southern Italy 1 VALENTINA CUZZOCREA Università degli Studi di Cagliari GIULIANA MANDICH Università degli Studi di Cagliari Abstract This article develops a portrait of cultures of mobility emerging from empirical research conducted in Cagliari, southern Italy. The research focuses on the everyday mobility enacted by parents as they aim to take good care of their young children. To illuminate that mobility is more than the transport of bodies, but creates sets of different cultural meanings, we draw on Thévenot’s work on “pragmatic regimes” ( 2001 ), or ways people use to engage with reality in their everyday lives (here, through mobility practices). This further interlinks with “structural stories” (Freudendal-Pedersen 2009 , this issue), redefinitions of proximity, and “motility” (Flamm and Kaufmann 2006 ).We argue fragments of cultures of mobility arise through these modalities and enhance understandings of mobility and the ways in which particular cities shape and are shaped by everyday experiences. Data were collected using semi-structured inter- views and “map-elicitation,” a visual approach that allows participants to elucidate their preferences regarding daily routines that were not necessarily aligned with rational explanations of routines or with politically-correct discourse. [Cagliari, mobility, motil- ity, parents] Introduction M obility practices are rooted in everyday culture—in the complex set of values, orientations, skills, and meanings that people use in everyday life. In this article, we aim to enrich the study of mobility within the new mobilities paradigm (Sheller 2014 ) by offering snapshots of “cultures of mobility,” here intended as cultural processes that are spanned by the mobilities of parents with children. Instead of focusing on specific modes of mobility, we seek to shed light on the experiences, practices, and meanings of daily movements (be it walking, going by car, or using public transportation), and illuminate these aspects of mobility as expressions of the relationships between adults with caring responsibilities, movement, and urban space (Brighenti 2010 , 2012 ) and, more specifically, of the ways urban space is rendered familiar or “domesticated” (Mandich and Cuzzocrea, n.d.; Mandich 2010 ). In this sense, driving, biking, and walking are not merely autonomous, embodied and “specialized” practices, nor are they simply rational choices driven by individual needs and preferences; instead, they are part of broader cultural processes occurring while in motion and characterized City & Society , Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 51–69, ISSN 0893-0465, eISSN 1548-744X. © 2015 by the American Anthropological Association. All rights reserved. DOI:10.1111/ciso.12052.
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by complex meanings and sets of relations forming, transforming, adapt- ing all while moving down the street. In this article, we propose that new possibilities for mobility emerge from a variety of contexts of everyday
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