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Title:Road races as transgressive event mobilities
Author(s):Cidell, Julie L.
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Abstract:Running is a unique form of mobility because while it involves traveling over distance, it is not usually done as a means of transportation. Although running can and does take place almost anywhere, bringing together hundreds or thousands of runners at a time via an event known as a road race enables a different, transgressive occupation of space that no one runner could accomplish on his or her own. In this paper, based on participant observation, I argue that the transgressive but sanctioned nature of the mobilities that road races allow, by temporarily taking over a space devoted to motorized vehicles and turning it into a space for pedestrians, defines these events as unique moments that are only possible through the collective nature of this usually solitary form of mobility and that allow for the pleasure of being transgressive without the risks that transgression normally entails. The paper further argues for considering "event mobilities" as more than traveling in order to participate in an event, because some kinds of mobility are only possible in the context of an event.
Issue Date:2014
Citation Info:Cidell, J. (2014) Road races as transgressive event mobilities. Social and Cultural Geography, 15:5, 571-583.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-09

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