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Sensory indiscipline and affect: a study of commuter cycling

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The senses act as the interface between self and environment, but in a western context powerful multisensory stimulation is increasingly constructed as marginal, deviant or in need of management/commodification. This paper brings together work on the sensory with ideas around affective intensity to explore the regulation of the individual through the senses. The notion of sensory discipline is developed through an examination of everyday commuter cycling. Based on innovative, mobile audio diaries, the intensities of sensory stimulation for the cycling body are explored. The paper concludes that commuter cycling enacts a minor resistance towards efforts to reduce the intensities of everyday affective landscapes. In turn, this resistance suggests just how pervasive sensory discipline has now become.

Keywords: Birmingham Reino Unido; Birmingham UK; afecto; affect; approche sensible; ciclismo; cycling; cyclisme; disciplina sensorial; mobile methods; mobilité; métodos móviles; sensory discipline

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham,B15 2TT, UK

Publication date: 2012-09-01

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