Place-framing and the situated definitions of mobility injustice

Authors: Sophie L. Van Neste*, University INRS - Centre Urbanisation Culture Societe
Topics: Urban Geography, Transportation Geography, Political Geography
Keywords: place-framing, mobility, spatial injustice
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Grand Ballroom C, Astor, 2nd Floor
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This paper considers the use of the notion of place-framing to understand the situated definitions of mobility injustice. Place-framing has been used in urban studies to comprehend the dynamic relation between the experiences of place and the strategic and selective ‘bundling’ together of these experiences for strategic choices on the production of space (Pierce et al. 2011, Foo et al. 2013, Van Neste and Martin 2017). Mobilities are promoted or made “out of place” (Cresswell 2015) through these processes; place-frames are thus producing, contesting or modulating spatial injustice tied with mobility. Yet, place is too often taken as a set of natural relations between inhabitants and their spaces of everyday life and movement. If the politics of place is about “different micro-worlds finding themselves on the same proximate turf” and the connectivity of a turf with other turfs (Amin 2004, 39), place-framing is about the power-ladden processes of micro-worlds ‘bundled’ strategically to have a voice in the production of space. Place-framing processes are embedded in institutional, discursive and networked context. The question is what categories of injustice make it through the place-framing processes; what types of experiences of mobilities in/out of place are (not) heard in different contexts.

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