Thursday, 20. November 2008

Chap. 6: Roadfaring - The skilled practices of manoeuvring and commercial driving

  • Potholes, Burkina trucks, darkness: The road’s multiple challenges
  • Roadfaring: skilled practices and knowledge on the road
  • Chasing, dodging, lapping: coping with competitors, catching passengers
The second chapter on commercial driving develops the notion of ‘roadfaring’. It is first defined as the skilled practices of manoeuvring vehicles on a road that affords a variety of challenges and constraints with respect to its surface/materiality, landscape features, other road users, etc. The practices and experiences that are required from drivers aim at, in brief, attention, communication and manoeuvres and can be regarded as mainly skilled, embodied and sensory. In a final move, I show how these roadfaring practices are equally applied in the context of entrepreneurial pressures and ambitions (explored in Ch. 5) that drivers face on the road. This is the case when drivers engage in profit-oriented chasing, rushing, dodging, overtaking and lapping – all destined towards coping with competitors and catching passengers.

[Overview Chapter 6]

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