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The walking stick in the nineteenth-century city : Conflicting ideals of urban walking

Andersson, Peter K. LU (2018) In Journal of Transport History 39(3). p.275-291
Abstract

This article reflects on the role of the walking stick in the nineteenth-century city and explores the nature of the criticisms directed at it. The criticism and mocking of certain ways of holding the cane display the deep conflicts within the culture of urban strolling concerning how to take part in it, and who were allowed to do so. By identifying an irritation with canes, we see that there was a conflict between the purposeful culture of walking and the superficial culture of performativity and display, which forced Victorian men to be extremely careful of how their behaviour was perceived. By bringing the walking stick to the fore, the paper illustrates its role in a struggle between ostentation and sobriety and how its importance... (More)

This article reflects on the role of the walking stick in the nineteenth-century city and explores the nature of the criticisms directed at it. The criticism and mocking of certain ways of holding the cane display the deep conflicts within the culture of urban strolling concerning how to take part in it, and who were allowed to do so. By identifying an irritation with canes, we see that there was a conflict between the purposeful culture of walking and the superficial culture of performativity and display, which forced Victorian men to be extremely careful of how their behaviour was perceived. By bringing the walking stick to the fore, the paper illustrates its role in a struggle between ostentation and sobriety and how its importance in cultures of both self-possession and flamboyance is indicative of aspects of the history of urban walking.

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Masculinity, nineteenth century, urban, Victorian, walking
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Journal of Transport History
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39
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3
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275 - 291
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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0022-5266
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10.1177/0022526618783937
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English
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  author       = {Andersson, Peter K.},
  issn         = {0022-5266},
  keyword      = {Masculinity,nineteenth century,urban,Victorian,walking},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {275--291},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Journal of Transport History},
  title        = {The walking stick in the nineteenth-century city : Conflicting ideals of urban walking},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022526618783937},
  volume       = {39},
  year         = {2018},
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