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By Mike Featherstone, Nigel Thrift, John Urry

Mobility — flows, flow and migration in social lifestyles — has emerged as a principal sector of sociological debate, but one in every of its such a lot dominant kinds, automobility, has remained principally overlooked. Edited via 3 top social analysts, Automobilities offers one of many first and so much wide-ranging examinations of the automobile and its promise of autonomy and mobility. Drawing on wealthy empirical element, from ethnographies of paperwork at the toll road to the $64000 of the automobile in French cultural concept, the contributions show simply how major were the commercial, technological, social and political outcomes of a pervasive and accelerating tradition of the car.

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

This e-book will firmly determine automobilities as a key subject for concept and examine. Automobilities represents a landmark textual content that would give a contribution to and supply an important impetus for the rising research of mobilities in modern societies.

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Boston, M A : Little, Brown and Company. D. (2000) 'Ford Unveils the Car to Surf Your Way t hrou gh t ilt' Tranic', The Guardian , 1 1 January. Gow, Graham, S. and S. Marvin (200 1 ) Splintering Urbanism . London: Routledgt'. Graves-Brown, P. ( 1 99 7 ) 'From H ighway to Su pt'rhighway: The Sustainabi l i ty, Symbolism and Situated Pract ices of Car Cuhurt" . Social Analysis 4 1 : 64-75. Hawkt'n, P, A. Lovins and L. H . Lovins ( 1 999 ) Natural Capitalism. London: Earth­ scan. H a w k i ns , R.

The driver's body is itself fragmented and disciplined to the machine, with eyes, ears, hands and feet, all trained to respond instantaneously and consi s tently, while desires even to stretch, to change position, to doze or to look around are being suppressed. The car becomes an extension of the driver's body, creat i ng new subjecti vi ties organized around the extraordi narily disciplined 'driving body' (see Freund, 1993: 99; Hawkins, 1986; Morse, 1998). A Cali­ fornian city planner declared as early as 1930 that 'it might be said that Southern Californians have added wheels to their anatomy' (cited in Fl ink, 1988: 143).

Cervero, R. (200 1 ) 'Meeting Mobility Changes in an Increasingly Mobile World: A n American Perspective', Paris: Urban Mobilities Seminar, l'lns t i t u t pour l a ville e n mouvement, J une. Eyerman, R . and O . LMgren ( 1 995 ) 'Romanc ing the Road: Road Movies and Images & Society 1 2 ( 1 ) : 53-79. 1 . ( 1988) The Automobile Age. Cambridge, M A : of Mobil i ty', Theory; Culture Flink, Freund, P. M IT Press. ( 1 993) The Ecology of the A utomobile. Mon treal and New York: B lack Rost' Books.

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