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Working paper

Открытие метропользователя: антропология городской подземки

Being one of the most significant modern urban inventions, subway is considered as the laboratory of urban life in general. It brought to life new spatial structures, types of communication, rules and skills of living in the city. The anthropological approach to subway focusing on the subway users is suggested. Subway users are identified both as those who follow the prescribed trajectories and as the active interpreters of the subway scenarios. Their skills and competences, bodily practices are analyzed as the ones (dis)connecting city and subway. The usage of the subway is described as a tool that gives new possibilities to urbanites in their management and coping with the plurality of everyday urban experiences.