The Project

The Project

The Imaginary of the Train among Decision Makers and Users, or imagineTrains, is an international study, conducted in France, the United States, China, India, and South Africa. The main focus of this project is on regional and interregional (i.e. high-speed/long-distance) trains and train projects (existing, planned, or abandoned). The project is primarily about the description and analysis of imaginaries of trains among decision makers and users. The project examines how decision makers and train users arrive at their train imaginaries and how these imaginaries influence decisions relating to trains. Imaginaries may include national histories, their integration in contemporary collective culture, mobility discourses, geography, technologies, and the unique biographies and contexts associated with individual imaginaries. The imagineTrains projects explores these imaginaries primarily through decision makers, train users, and, by extension, media discourse of trains as a form of public discourse, to which decision makers and users have access. We are currently conducting research in France and the United States. The project will be extended to China, India, and South Africa by the end of 2013.

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