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The Daily Grind: A Rhizomatic Approach to Narratives of Managing Commuter Stress During Traffic Congestion in Metro Manila

Published on Jan 2, 2019in Journal of Constructivist Psychology 0.89
· DOI :10.1080/10720537.2017.1410458
Bettina Gabrielle V. Tenorio (Ateneo de Manila University), Joseph Aaron S. Joe (Ateneo de Manila University)+ 1 AuthorsNico Canoy2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Ateneo de Manila University)
Abstract
Robust literature on commuter stress has shown the multiple impact of daily commuting in people's lives. Framed within a rhizomatic approach to narratives, we analyzed stories of 11 working and 9 student Filipino commuters by looking at the ways they act on or reconstruct themselves to manage stress. In urban Metro Manila, our findings showed three narrative “stress entryways”: getting caught by the wave, seating privileges, and stuck in transit. Theoretical and practical implications of findings on commuter well-being (e.g., keeping emotions in, releasing tensions), technologies of the “fit” commuter, and enriching conversations in traffic psychology and urban living are discussed.
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