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By Mike Featherstone, Nigel Thrift, John Urry

Mobility — flows, circulate and migration in social lifestyles — has emerged as a valuable sector of sociological debate, but one in all its such a lot dominant types, automobility, has remained principally overlooked. Edited by way of 3 prime social analysts, Automobilities offers one of many first and such a lot wide-ranging examinations of the automobile and its promise of autonomy and mobility. Drawing on wealthy empirical aspect, from ethnographies of paperwork at the dual carriageway to the real of the automobile in French cultural conception, the contributions show simply how major were the industrial, technological, social and political results of a pervasive and accelerating tradition of the car.

A large array of theories are placed to paintings to light up this giant and but missed subject: method and strategies, complexity concept, performativity, actor community thought, movie conception, fabric tradition, theories of non-places, embodiment, sensuous geography/sociology, ethnomethodology and non-representational theory.

This ebook will firmly determine automobilities as a key subject for thought and learn. Automobilities represents a landmark textual content that might give a contribution to and supply an important impetus for the rising research of mobilities in modern societies.

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These new mobilities result from how the car is immensely flexible and wholly coercive. Automobility is a source of freedom, the 'freedom of the road'. I ts flexi­ bili ty enables the car-driver to travel at any time in any direction along the complex road systems of western societies that link together most houses, workplaces and leisure sites (and are publicly paid for). Cars extend where people can go to and hence what they are l iterally able to do. Much 'social l i fe' could not be undertaken without the flexibilities of the ear and its 24hour availabil ity.

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W i l l fos t e r ·CIlTe"s hy prox i m i t � ' t h rough denser l ili ng p a t t e rn s a n d i n tegra t e d J a n d U S t ' . Sy s t e ms w i l l promote e l ec t ron i c coord i n at i on hetween 'nort h ' ( Ic e l a n d p e rh a ps, Il h i( " h h a " ' ' 36 Theory; CuLture & Society 2 1 (4/5) motorized and non-motorized transport, and between those 'on the move' i n many different ways (Hawken e t a l . , 1 999: 4 7 ; Sheller and U rry, 2000). The cool way of travell i ng will not be to own but to access small, l ight mobile pods when required.

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