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Airports as Urban Narratives

Toward a Cultural History of the Global Infrastructures

Nathalie Roseau

This article focuses on the process of the design of airports and how in particular the urban context has shaped their specific histories. Far from being merely pure technical or functional equipment, they have been mirrors for contemporary expectations, just as they informed the modern urban imaginary. According to this perspective, an urban history of airports can be traced from the first aerodromes dedicated to large urban publics to the development of spectacular airports driven by the massive recent routinization of air transport so intricately bound up with globalization. Based on research on specific cases of the design and building of New York and Paris airports, this article aims to resist the temptations to dehistoricize the airport topic, and to introduce a narrative mode of thinking about these specific and concrete spaces.

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New Mobilities, Spaces, and Ideas to Market

European Travel Writers and the Making of a Genre—Comment

Steven D. Spalding

benefit to both fields of inquiry. I examine the ambitions of the section, discuss strengths and weaknesses of each article, and then conclude with thoughts on ways forward. The introduction explains that “itinerant knowledge” is about travel narratives

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Tracey Reimann-Dawe

African otherness throughout the nineteenth century. The Afrikareisende travel narratives are of course part of an extensive history of travel writing. By the early nineteenth century, the travel account had developed significantly in sophistication from

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Anna-Leena Toivanen

aeromobility often function as narrative transitions, and they may seem marginal or even insignificant with respect to the entity of the text—this is also the case of three of the four novels analyzed in this article: scenes of aeromobility in Kihindou

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Ernst van der Wal

and/or sexuality. 1 Such projects use photography and narrative (that is, recorded and/or transcribed interviews and conversations) to give a sense of how LGBT refugees understand themselves in relation to, inter alia, the nation-state and its

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“Four Guys and a Hole in the Floor”

Racial Politics of Mobility and Excretion among BC-Based Long Haul Truckers

Amie McLean

counternarratives, powerful stories locate the white working-class male settler as the normative truck driver. 3 These narratives are especially reliant on the dehumanization and feminization of truckers with South Asian ancestry. Inasmuch as racializing narratives

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At the Threshold to the New World

Equator Crossings, Sunsets, and Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques

Michael Bies

representation of equator crossings as travel narratives. As travel narratives, the accounts do not merely depict the ceremonies and rituals performed but they indeed mark, or reenact, such crossings by narrating them as “liminal” events, to borrow Victor Turner

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Print Culture, Mobility, and The Pacific, 1920–1950

Victoria Kuttainen and Susann Liebich

studies, periodicals and magazine culture, travel writing and narratives, Pacific studies, travel and tourism, as well as visual culture. The resulting articles in this special section, revised to pay special attention to the myriad meanings of mobility

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Black Moves

Moments in the History of African-American Masculine Mobilities

Tim Cresswell

vignettes all refer to important events. I do not claim, however, that they are the most important or representative of such episodes. Rather I use them to provide an impressionistic narrative of compelled or constrained black mobilities in the history of

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Nighttime Navigating

Moving a Container Ship through Darkness

Maria Borovnik

seascape is vital during nighttime. 25 This knowingness involves more than mind work. As Ingold contends, it is also embodied, as the body “remembers” tasks as a narrative or history of past uses of the same activity, 26 what Rachel Hunt explains as an