Regular routes: deep mapping a performative counterpractice for the daily commute

Laura Bissell, David Overend

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This article offers a textual “deep map” of a series of experimental commutes undertaken in the west of Scotland in 2014. Recent developments in the field of transport studies have reconceived travel time as a far richer cultural experience than in previously utilitarian and economic approaches to the “problem” of commuting. Understanding their own commutes in these terms—as spaces of creativity, productivity and transformation—the authors trace the development of a performative “counterpractice” for their daily journeys between home and work. Deep mapping—as a form of “theory-informed story-telling”—is employed as a productive strategy to document this reimagination of ostensibly quotidian and functional travel. Importantly, this particular stage of the project is not presented as an end-point. Striving to develop an ongoing creative engagement with landscape, the authors continue this exploratory mobile research by connecting to other commuters’ journeys, and proposing a series of “strategies” for reimagining the daily commute; a list of prompts for future action within the routines and spaces of commuting. A range of alternative approaches to commuting are offered here to anyone who regularly travels to and from work to employ or develop as they wish, extending the mapping process to other routes and contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-499
JournalHumanities
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2015

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  • Nomadism
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  • walking
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Bissell, Laura ; Overend, David. / Regular routes : deep mapping a performative counterpractice for the daily commute. In: Humanities. 2015 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 476-499.
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