Timely and original, this collection of essays from the leading figures in their fields throws new and valuable light on the significance and future of flânerie. The flâneur is usually identified as the ‘man of the crowd’ of Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Baudelaire, and as one of the heroes of Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project. The flâneur’s activities of strolling and loitering are mentioned increasingly frequently in sociology, cultural studies and art history, but rarely is the debate developed further. The Flâneur is the first book to develop the debate beyond Baudelaire and Benjamin, and to push it in unexpected and exciting directions.

chapter 1|21 pages

Introduction 1

ByKeith Tester

chapter 2|21 pages

The flâneur on and off the streets of Paris 1

ByPriscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

chapter 3|18 pages

The flâneur: from spectator to representation

ByBruce Mazlish

chapter 4|20 pages

Fancy footwork

Walter Benjamin's notes on flânerie
ByRob Shields

chapter 5|30 pages

The flâneur in social theory

ByDavid Frisby

chapter 7|20 pages

Desert spectacular

ByZygmunt Bauman

chapter 8|23 pages

Digesting the modern diet

Gastro-porn, fast food, and panic eating
ByBarry Smart

chapter 9|17 pages

The hopeless game of flânerie

ByStefan Morawski