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Mobility and body

February 8, 2014

Examining movement in and through the cityscape of Kolkata, the research deals with the sensory perceptions of mobility. The approach extends on recent contributions to urban anthropology and ontological urbanism, where the significance of the physical aspects of the urban arena has received increasing attention. I  argue that the concept of “bodily intuition” and a methodology developed in phenomenology and radical phenomenology constitute an adequate tool to grasp mobility, space and bodily experiences. A phenomenological approach describes human existence as embodied perception in the world. Notions as space, place and locality are fluid and carry meaning. For example, Howarth (1998), states that time and space are constituted by us. Deleuze suggests that forms of intuition, such as space and time, are contingent, particular and concrete. They are empirically conditioned and differ from case to case (Baugh 2001). In my reading, the concept “bodily intuition” is defined in Deleuzian terms, as a concept less intuition of being through bodily feeling. It constitutes the only genuine access to the real. The discussion is based in empirical studies of mobility conducted in the urban arena of Kolkata. (Andersson K 2007, Andersson K B 2011)