Pluralising (im)mobilities: Anti-Muslim acts and the epistemic politics of mobile methods

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A critical agenda towards pluralising the politics and practice of mobile methods can enable more diverse epistemologies of uneven mobility and urban knowledge. In this article a challenge is offered to normative treatments of mobile methods including walking practices that inscribe dominant ways of seeing the city in anticipation of a liberal, secular, and sovereign subject. Taking empirical examples to ground conceptual insights on ‘fields of power’ and social difference, I suggest that researching together with Muslim women in UK cities (Manchester, Leicester, Birmingham) challenges normative approaches in Euro-American social sciences towards producing knowledge about people and place. It addresses two key questions: how do different Muslim women’s experiences of urban space and anti-Muslim acts impact upon walking practices? What are the everyday politics and conflicts that shape multi-layered and entangled temporalities of urban walking practices? Drawing on Urry’s movement/moorings dialectic, I advance that we need to take seriously stasis caused by physical and perceptual barriers to mobility, such as threat of violence, and to rethink entirely our right as researchers to orchestrate the movement of others. By re-framing mobile methods we can become more attuned to mobility justice and distinct registers of difference in the politics of knowledge production.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2021


  • Mobility
  • Muslim
  • city
  • gender
  • mobile methods
  • walking


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