La portée sociologique et esthétique du flâneur comme figure historique et outil théorique a fait l’objet de nombreuses études et polémiques depuis la redécouverte des travaux fondateurs de Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) sur Baudelaire et le Paris du
La flânerie au feuilleton?
Quotidien et modernité critique chez Siegfried Kracauer
Key figure of mobility
The flâneur acts as a key figure for understanding the relationship between the individual, modernity and the city. A reference to dandy young gentlemen, who walked, performed and loitered within the arcades of late 19th‐century Paris, the flâneur has transitioned from a literary and theoretical figure to one used in mobile urban ethnographies. The flâneur, traditionally male, is a figure of pedestrian mobility whose sensorial and mobile engagements with the urban landscape generate distinct forms of creative practice. For this reason, the flâneur has been invoked in relation to the methods and experiences of the ethnographer, who moves and takes note in similar ways. This paper conducts a review of extant literature on the flâneur in ethnographic research, which shows a strong connection between this key figure and its ties to a European tradition dealing with Anglo‐European (post)modernities. It has also inspired a range of methodological innovations in urban ethnography more broadly. Finally, through the case of Tokyo, the paper asks the question of who is drawn to flânerie and who is deterred from it, demonstrating how the transgressive potentialities of flânerie are only desirable for some.
Flânerie in the Time of Covid-19
French Journalistic References to Bookstore Strolling and Fashion Walking
, flâneurs and flâneuses everywhere reinvented the urban stroll under these novel conditions. Underscoring the phenomenon's duration, contemporary references to flânerie after the onset of the novel coronavirus proliferated in various forms of
Key figures of mobility
Noel B. Salazar
Figures of mobility, from nomads to flâneurs and tourists, have been used to describe both self and other in the social sciences and humanities for a long time. They act as a conceptual shorthand in contemporary scholarly debates, allowing social theorists to relate broad‐scale phenomena to the human condition. This repeated usage highlights how these figures have become ‘keywords’, in the sense given by Raymond Williams, which typify much of the vocabulary constituting the study of human mobility today. In this general introduction, I lay out the overall conceptual framework behind the various contributions to this special issue.
Lost in Hanoi
Disorientation, Travel, and Urban Space
Using a 2010 trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, this article looks at the ways that disorientation is used as a trope within the urban environment and to create the traveling subject. Suggesting that travel is a form of deliberate disorientation/ orientation, the article focuses on ideas of disorientation within the urban environment and the ways they have been portrayed in Western cultural forms (the flâneur; the dérive) while suggesting these forms are not sufficient to understand the dynamics of travel. Moreover, the article focuses on two forms of travel as disorientation derived from John Zilcosky—the trope of being "lost and found" and that of "the return." Finally, the article suggests that Marcus Auge's idea of non-place is not only a sufficient way of conceptualizing contemporary notions of travel, but is also an indicator of something beyond its scope—that of globalization.
Trespass into the Liminal
Urban Exploration in Estonia
Francisco Martínez and Patrick Laviolette
This article outlines narratives of trespass. It analyses relations between the personal and the social in abandoned urban physical surroundings. Grounded in our own duo-auto-ethnographic encounters with off-limit places, the research examines the classic notion of liminality through a set of prisms that are less than orthodox. It does so by stressing the formative and transformative possibilities of those threshold spaces that often get bypassed, surpassed or trespassed. Through a series of vignettes describing moments of urban exploration in different parts of Estonia, our implicit aim is to unsettle such conceptual categories as risk and adventure, material decay and transgression. Explicitly, we argue for revisiting storytelling tropes such as the flâneur or the stalker, freeing them up from their respective leisure and pastime associations.
Petit manifeste pour les « Press and Literature Studies »
, comme la ville de New York. Il prouve l’interaction entre une première forme de globalisation culturelle et des identités locales. Catherine Nesci montre l’internationalisation de la figure du flâneur. Bien connue dans le contexte parisien, cette figure
John Bodinger de Uriarte, Paula Mota Santos, and Song Yun
personal” (6). We see him enacting the role of the flaneur (as he self-identifies), but we see less of the kind of critique that the figure of the flaneur makes possible, at least as offered by Walter Benjamin, whom he cites. Additionally, the book would
Exhibition Review Essays and Exhibition Reviews
Sheila K. Hoffman, Sarita Sundar, Masaaki Morishita, Fabien Van Geert, and Sharon Ann Holt
opportunity to dissociate from daily surroundings, to take a step back, to become flâneurs for a brief moment or—if one is privileged with time—for a few days. Walter Benjamin, in particular, has used the flâneur to explore the modern, urban condition, to
Unruly Landscapes of a Diasporic Return
Mobility and Memory in Michèle Rakotoson's Juillet au pays: Chroniques d'un retour à Madagascar (2007)
narrator's act of flâneurism is a very specific, “diasporic returnee version” of the activity: it is an act in which she attempts to reconcile the schisms between memory and the present, between the here and the remote, and not an act of “detached