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Managing walking together: The challenge of revolving doors

Journal article
Authors Alexandra Weilenmann
Daniel Normark
Eric Laurier
Published in Space and Culture
Volume 17
Issue 2
Pages 122-136
ISSN 1206-3312
Publication year 2014
Published at The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction, and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS)
Centre for Retailing
Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Pages 122-136
Language en
Keywords mobility, walking, doors, ethnomethodology, video analysis.
Subject categories Sociology


There are a number of mundane technologies which shape pedestrian mobility such as pavements, corridors and stairs. In this paper we focus on the practical implications revolving doors as a technology have for the social organisation of people walking together. Drawing upon video recordings we analyse the observable intersubjective resources produced and used by members of the setting when walking through doors, and the interaction between formations of people as they do this. Revolving doors are turn-taking technologies that challenge mobile formations because the formations need to disassemble in order to pass through the doors, and then re-assemble again on the other side. Using an ethnomethodologically guided approach we shed light on some of the accomplishment of walking together in mobile formations.

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