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Running a Finger Over the Map. A Manifesto of Cycling Anthropology

Author(s): Kacper Pobłocki
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Czasu Kultury

Summary/Abstract: The text is an attempt to rehabilitate so-called “armchair anthropology”. The author argues that truly interesting travel is not about visiting a remote and exotic “place”, but rather being between places. Just as a “place” is dominated by the category of “being”, space is dominated by the category of “becoming”, and therefore should be the basis of an anthropology of the modern world. Although today we are experiencing a “space-time compression”, the globalized world is not flat, as Thomas Friedman claims, but is growing unevenly. In addition, the modern world is urbanized, and therefore the “city” should not be treated as a “place”, but as a “space”. Finally, the best tool for experiencing contemporary space is a bicycle, because thanks to it we can experience the dynamism of space and free ourselves from the “place”.

  • Issue Year: 176/2012
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 32-44
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish