1st Edition

Alternative (Im)Mobilities

Edited By Maria Alice Nogueira Copyright 2023
    200 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    By introducing the new concept of alternative (im)mobilities, this collection draws attention to a different approach to mobility practices. In doing so, this ground-breaking volume explores a range of issues related related to (im)mobilities and the Covid-19 pandemic, transport and social practices, and media and urban tourism.

    Designed and organized in a legally or illegally way, alternative (im)mobilities are examples of those daily practices of displacement of people, objects, and information, which mobilize a multidisciplinary framework of urbanization, shedding light on important and long-standing issues of inequality and the lack of recognition of diversity in economics, social and culture urban life. This volume opens up a new set of research questions related to the complex ways in which informal actors cope with their everyday life experience, regarding dwelling, commuting, working, caring of vulnerable people, health issues, access to information, among other mobility practices, besides the lack of essential – and infrastructural - public services.

    This volume will be of great interest to researchers and scholars in geography and the social sciences interested in mobilities, transport, communication, tourism, mobility justice and inequality, public decision making and health studies.

    Introduction: Alternative (im)mobilities

    Maria Alice de Faria Nogueira

    1. When public health policies fail: Community management in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Paraisópolis, São Paulo

    Maria Alice de Faria Nogueira and Andrea Maria Abreu Borges

    2. An alternative for whom? Buenos Aires’ school commuting and the "bicycle boom" in pandemic time
    Dhan Zunino Singh and Maximiliano Velázquez

    3. Cyclelogistics & uberization: Challenges and transformative actions to improve delivery cyclists' work conditions

    Victor Andrade, Pedro Bastos and Filipe Marino

    4. Caring Cities: The urgent concerns after apparent immobility in southern cities

    Paola Jirón Martínez

    5. Gendered perspectives in mobility and safety in public transport. The case of motorcycle taxis (boda boda) in Kisumu City, Kenya

    Gladys Nyachieo and Calvine Kayi

    6. Informal mobility in the Alemão Complex, Rio de Janeiro

    Camille Reiss

    7. Peripheries on the move: New urban grammars and epistemic disputes over center-periphery borders in São Paulo

    Guilhermo Aderaldo

    8. Rearrangements and trajectories: Italian-Brazilian ice-cream parlor workers in

    Germany in Covid-19 times

    Diane Portugueis

    9. Favela virtual tour: Alternative mobilities in favela tourism during Covid-19 pandemic

    Camila Maria dos Santos Moraes, Bernardo de La Veja, Fabian Frenzel, Isabella Rega and Juliana Mainard-Sardon

    10. After the #stayhome, "live like a local": Towards alternative urban tourism mobilities?

    Thiago Allis and Ana Carolina Padua Machado


    Maria Alice de Faria Nogueira is a Professor at the Escola de Comunicação – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (ECO-UFRJ), Brazil. Her research focuses on the interconnections between (im)mobility, communication, advertising, and marketing. She is currently a member of two research groups, Mobilities, Theory, Topics and Methods (MTTM) and The Rhetoric of the Consumption (ReC).. She holds a Ph.D. Degree in History, Politics and Culture from the Centre for Research and Documentation of Contemporary History of Brazil (Cpdoc- FGV RJ), Brazil and a master’s degree in Social Communication from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC Rio), Brazil.