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Adapting Bodies to Infrastructures

Title data

Schindler, Larissa:
Adapting Bodies to Infrastructures.
In: Human Studies. (April 2021) .
ISSN 0163-8548
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10746-021-09578-3

Abstract in another language

The material interrelations between bodies and objects are a wide, worthwhile and absorbing field, which has not been sufficiently examined yet. Focusing on such interrelations within air travel, this article contributes to the exploration of this field. It delineates that such interrelations do not simply happen, but that they have to be accomplished continuously by different participants with a certain risk to fail at many points. Within mobilities, such processes of interrelating occur under the specific circumstances of a moving vehicle. Based on empirical data from an ethnographic study on air travel, the paper is concerned with the ongoing dynamics of body-object-interrelations. Based on this analysis, it suggests emphasizing the continuous modification that material assemblages built of people and objects undergo even when “only” staying immobile during a flight. Passengers do not simply enter and exit a vehicle staying identical with themselves. Rather, they are continuously adapting to a material infrastructure that shapes and adjusts their corporeal needs and capacities, including their senses.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Methods in empirical social research > Chair Methods in empirical social research - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Larissa Schindler
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2021 11:15
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 11:15
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/64702