Everyday Carry for Mobile Individuals

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Aharon Kellerman Professor, Deptartment of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, Israel akeller@univ.haifa.ac.il

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Everyday carry (EDC) is a collection of items carried routinely by people, in pockets, on wrists, or in bags. This initial article on EDC attempts to portray and interpret mobility-related EDC, which mediates between moving persons and their devices or activities. Our discussion begins with a general introduction of EDC, presented as utilities and preparedness accessories, followed by historical and functional expositions of four routinely carried mobility items: home keys, car keys, watches, and smartphones. These four items have been developed at different times and places, thus responding to varying human needs. Then, mobility-related EDC items are interpreted from two perspectives: everyday life, noting their unique use by owners, and mobility, noting the instant access to mobility that they facilitate, thus turning potential mobilities into practiced ones.

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Aharon Kellerman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa. His research interests include personal mobilities and the geography of the Internet. His latest publications are Geographic Interpretations of the Internet (2016) and Automated and Autonomous Spatial Mobilities (2018). His current research efforts focus on the Internet-based city. ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6969-8417 | Email: akeller@univ.haifa.ac.il

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