Autores: Soledad Martínez Rodríguez, Francisca Avilés Arias
Urban pedestrian journeys are diverse, complex and difficult to classify: people walk with distinct purposes and different kinds of encounters occur along the way, leading to different social and subjective negotiations. The everyday act of putting one foot in front of the other has a political dimension that requires specific tools to be grasped and analyzed. This article proposes exploring and describing the lived experience of walking as a way of envisaging the micropolitics that transpires while people move by foot. By observing rhythm and attention variations within pedestrian journeys in Santiago de Chile, we address the experiential dimension of urban inequalities. We contribute, thus, with an understanding of how inequalities embed themselves in everyday practices, enabling or constraining walkers’ capacities for acting and their possibilities for experiencing the city.