Article ID: CBB952420851

Fetishising the Brussels roadscape (June 2020)

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Claire Pelgrims (Author)


The Journal of Transport History
Volume: 41
Issue: 1
Pages: 89-115


Publication Date: June 2020
Edition Details: Special Issue: The Historical ironies of Roads
Language: English

This explorative paper is an attempt to improve understanding of the material infrastructure and subjective affective investments into it. Building on the concept of “fetish”, it proposes a theoretical framework to analyse the entanglement of the functional, sensitive and social symbolic dimensions of Brussels’ “modern roads” to reinforce and stabilise a social imaginary of fast mobility. Examining technical reports, political discourses, press articles and cultural productions such as movies, TV broadcasts and photographs relating to the infrastructuring process, the paper reveals – beyond the case study – the aesthetic dimension of the modernisation of roads, which relates to symbolic investments in cars. The theoretical framework involves heuristic values when regarded beyond this specific Belgian context. It opens new possibilities for broader interpretations of the mobility infrastructure.

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Heizer, Alda
Zeller, Thomas
Mauch, Christof
Adas, Michael
Van den Eeckhout, Patricia
Scholliers, Peter
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The Journal of Transport History
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal of Social History
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