Shchepanskaia T. B. The Movement in the Megalopolis: Time and Body

SHCHEPANSKAIA Tatyana B. — Candidate of Historical Sciences, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia, Saint Petersburg). E-mail:,


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ABSTRACT. The article is devoted to the analysis of movement experience (pedestrian and on public transport) in the megalopolis base on self-descriptions of the students of Saint Petersburg University. The study discusses some temporal and corporal aspects of representation of city mobility. The representation of movement experience in terms of time is connected mainly with the subject of time control/uncertainty. Corporal aspects of the experience are articulated in connection with the adaptation of the practices of movement to biological needs (through material equipment, possibilities of city space, social communications, etc.) and in the context of the choice of vehicles, and of the perception of time and city space. Two types of the movements could be differentiated: on the one hand, by the level of time control (movements under the conditions of strict time control vs “free” walks or trips), and, on the other hand, when the perception of the city space comes to light (its “invisibility” in the first case, and the articulation of its visual, quite often aestheticized, research perception — in the second).

KETWORDS: anthropology of the city, mobility, time, temporality, corporality, adaptation, control, youth, students, public transport, walking, urban space

DOI 10.31250/2618-8619-2018-1-48-59

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