Managing Walking Together

Alexandra Weilenmann, Daniel Normark, Eric Laurier
2013 Space and Culture  
Biographies: Alexandra Weilenmann investigates the use of mobile communication and information technologies. The aim is to reveal how these technologies are brought into play as part of everyday activities within different groups, something that has involved exploring different methods for capturing these activities in situ. Previous fieldwork includes mobile technology use among hunters, journalists, airport personnel, professional drivers, museum visitors, teenagers and the elderly. Daniel
more » ... mark is a researcher in science and technology studies with projects in both the history of biomedical research and ethnographic studies of consumer logistics. His research focuses on sites of negotiation -from scientific laboratories, meeting rooms and hospital wards to mundane features of mobility along city streets, bus stops, roadsides and petrol stations -looking at both the situated interpretative practice as well as tracing associations of interpretation. Eric Laurier is a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He has studied car travel, suburban neighbourhoods cafes, video editing, wayfinding, iPhone use and the secondhand trade. His approach to these topics draws upon ethnomethodology, conversation analysis and ordinary language philosophy. Abstract: This paper describes the problems posed by revolving doors for groups entering together, as mobile formations, and the resources people use to resolve these problems. It draws upon experiments with different camera perspectives to capture walking through revolving doors, ranging from a static perspective to capturing the members' perspectives. The analysis reveals the work involved in walking together as a formation. Groups walk up to the doors side by side and have to either file through one door or select separate doors, potentially separating them from the group while maintaining the side-by-side format. Using this approach the paper contributes to the understanding of one specific mobile formation and examines of the methodological possibilities in capturing the organisations of pedestrians in and through movement.
doi:10.1177/1206331213508674 fatcat:lvhjxhmwgjfj7libffvtiq5voi