Article | Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research | Being-in-the-City: A Phenomenological Approach to Technological Experience 

Title:
Being-in-the-City: A Phenomenological Approach to Technological Experience 
Author:
Jason Wasiak: York University and Department of Sociology, Ryerson University
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.09121349
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Year:
2009
Volume:
1
Theme:
Theme: City of Signs/Signs of the City
Pages:
349-366
No. of pages:
18
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2009-12-21


This paper examines dynamics surrounding the negotiation and articulation of the body-technology relationship necessarily characterizing the experience of being-in-the-city. Nowhere is everyday experience more mediated by technology than in the city. Being-in-the-city involves being embodied by technology at levels ranging from micro to macro. Despite the fact that technologies are constantly evolving in city space, relations with technology tend to become quickly normalized — mundane — transparent. Given this normalization as well as the sheer pervasiveness of technology in constituting city space it is important to examine the ways in which technology comes to shape the experiential contexts of everyday life. In urban space, technologies result is new sights to be seen, sounds to be heard, smells to be smelt, textures to be felt, as well as altogether new modes of experiencing the everyday. In exploring the dynamics surrounding the ongoing, multi-layered negotiation and articulation of the body-technology relationship necessarily characterizing the experience of being-in-the-city a phenomenological perspective is adopted. Heidegger’s writing on technology, Merleau-Ponty’s writing on embodiment and perception, and Don Ihde’s writing on the body and technology contribute to a theoretical framework for a phenomenological examination of the experiential implications of being-in-the-city, a technological ecology.

Keywords: being-in-the-city; technology; embodiment; perception; phenomenology; technological ecology

Volume 1, Theme: Theme: City of Signs/Signs of the City, Article 21, 2009

Author:
Jason Wasiak
Title:
Being-in-the-City: A Phenomenological Approach to Technological Experience :
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.09121349
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  • Volume 1, Theme:: Theme: City of Signs/Signs of the City, Article 21, 2009

    Author:
    Jason Wasiak
    Title:
    Being-in-the-City: A Phenomenological Approach to Technological Experience :
    DOI:
    10.3384/cu.2000.1525.09121349
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