The gates of paradise are open: Contesting and producing publicness in the Brussels metro through fare evasion

Louise Sträuli, Wojciech Keblowski

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Drawing on the example of the metro in Brussels, we examine public transport as a public space. We uncover how the conception of the metro and its fare system reflects an idealisation of public transport that conflicts with the daily experiences and structural inequalities among its users, manifested, in part, in fare evasion. We explore this practice through qualitative interviews, observational studies and analysis of online evader platforms. In contrast with existing research, we recognise fare evasion as a complex practice that challenges and shapes the publicness of public transport through knowledge exchange, solidarity building, social encounters and a redefinition of social norms.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)3126-3142
Aantal pagina's17
TijdschriftUrban Studies
Volume60
Nummer van het tijdschrift15
Vroegere onlinedatum29 okt 2022
DOI's
StatusPublished - nov 2023

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research is carried out within the project ‘Public transport as public space in European cities: Narrating, experiencing, contesting (PUTSPACE)’. The PUTSPACE project is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme ( https://www.heranet.info ) which is co-funded by AKA, BMBF via DLRPT, ETAg and the European Commission through Horizon 2020.

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© Urban Studies Journal Limited 2022.

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Copyright 2022 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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