Gehen – kulturwissenschaftlich
Erkundungen zu alltäglichen Praktiken
According to regular reports from newspapers or television programs, advice books or fitness websites, walking is not only the most natural, but also the healthiest and most sustainable form of transport. Humans are evolutionarily born to walk, their bodies are downright conditioned to walk. At the same time, everyday human mobility raises questions of living together, of socio-economic differentiations, but above all of lifestyles and biographical influences. We are therefore dealing with culturally negotiated practices that make a physical movement process such as walking a subject that can be observed and examined in a variety of ways. What is important is therefore less the fact that everyone goes, but rather the identifiable cultural imprint of these practices and the associated levels of meaning, for example when long-distance hikes or modern pilgrimages evoke motives critical of the present and thus also social diagnostic evaluations. Walking is therefore a major topic, but one in which precisely that empirical, cultural-scientific perspective that characterizes the European ethnology practiced at the University of Innsbruck (and elsewhere) can bring something new. From both a historical and contemporary ethnographic perspective, changes, economic cycles and negotiations that call for micro-perspective, empirical-field-related and qualitative-empathic surveys come into view. The contributions in this volume question the everyday practices of walking mobility by adopting a relational perspective in which physical walking practices are combined with experiences, ideas, projections, evaluations and adjustments. With the chosen focus on practices of walking, it is possible to understand in excerpts how powerful, social, gendered, religious, urban, scientific, textual-literary, spatial and material these practices always are.
KeywordsCultural Studies; Ethnology; Europe
Publisherinnsbruck university press
Publication date and placeInnsbruck, 2023
Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography