Tacking: Improvising and Navigating Mobilities and Everyday Life

Amit, V and Knowles, Caroline. 2017. Tacking: Improvising and Navigating Mobilities and Everyday Life. Theory Culture and Society, 34(7-8), pp. 165-179. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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This paper aims to deepen and extend theoretical understanding of mobility by exploring some of the mechanisms by which it operates. It introduces the concept and practices of ‘tacking’ as a as a frame for examining the creative processes of navigation and improvisation through which people approach and reflect on the irregularities and uncertainties of their everyday rounds, enacted or otherwise narrated as spatial biography; lives conceived in mobile-spatial terms. ‘Tacking’ also travels beyond this frame of reference, i.e. it is ‘good to think with’ across different substantive contexts of social interaction. Tacking suggests ongoing adjustment and modification that respond to shifting circumstances and may create new facts on the ground, which elicit further adjustments.

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Mobility, improvisation, navigation, spatial-biography

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5 May 2017Accepted
24 August 2017Published Online
1 December 2017Published

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04 Jul 2017 15:04

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29 Jan 2018 11:51

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