Spotlight on the Traveller : individual experiences of routine journeys

Pooley, Colin (2022) Spotlight on the Traveller : individual experiences of routine journeys. Journal of Transport History, 43 (2). pp. 214-231. ISSN 0022-5266

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All travel generates a range of feelings, responses and emotions that can be stimulated by many factors but recovering such responses to everyday travel in the past is difficult. Few conventional sources provide information on the travellers’ experiences of movement and, not surprisingly, most transport histories focus mainly on matters of infrastructure, usage, and technological change. In contrast contemporary mobilities studies that can talk directly to those who travel do explore the lived experiences of mobility in some detail. This paper shows how, by using a range of life writing drawn from nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain, it is possible to begin to recover at least some of the feelings and responses that past travellers experienced. I argue that such an approach provides an important additional perspective to research in transport history.

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Journal of Transport History
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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, The Journal of Transport History, 43 (2), 2022, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2022 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Journal of Transport History page: on SAGE Journals Online:
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?? mobilityfeelingsemotionslife writingtravellersarts and humanities(all)social sciences(all)arts and humanities (miscellaneous)historytransportationgeography, planning and development ??
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