From the "terrain" to "territory": which contributions from mobility and bus drivers' activity towards local development?

Liliana Cunha*, Marianne Lacomblez

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The focus of the present analysis is on the work of drivers in the public road passenger transportation sector in Portugal and on its specific contribution to local development. This approach dissociates itself from the one that places mobility as a "paradigm" of the contemporary societies and considers that the increase in mobility registered in the latter years is, in itself, revealing of development. For field work, a public transportation line, in an urban context, and a network of lines, in a rural context were chosen. In each of these contexts, the drivers' work was analyzed in real situations and semi-structured interviews were held with 16 of them: ten drivers in an urban context and six in a rural context. Considering the point of view of the work activity, enabled us to abandon the dominant perspectives that tend to highlight the social inequality of the mobility conditions (between those who use a private vehicle and those who need to use public transportation), to reflect on the characteristics of the mobility spaces which benefit or limit it, contributing to other inequalities. What is the importance of the space for mobility besides its support? How is it considered in the drivers' work?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6156-6161
Number of pages6
Issue numberSUPPL.1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Drivers
  • Inequalities
  • Mobility
  • Territory
  • Transportation


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