1st Edition

Cargomobilities Moving Materials in a Global Age

Edited By Thomas Birtchnell, Satya Savitzky, John Urry Copyright 2015
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Objects and materials are on the move like never before, often at astonishing speeds and along hidden routeways. This collection opens to social scientific scrutiny the various systems which move objects about the world, examining their fateful implications for many people and places. Offering texts from key thinkers, the book presents case studies from around the world which report on efforts to establish, maintain, disrupt or transform the cargo-mobility systems which have grown so dramatically in scale and significance in recent decades. 

    1. Moving cargos, Thomas Birtchnell, Satya Savitzky and John Urry  1.1. Taking Stock  1.2. The Smooth System  1.3. Forgotten Spaces  1.4. Friction and Insecurities in the Smooth System  1.5. Other Systems  1.6. Cargo and resources  1.7. Changing cargomobilities?  2. Distribution Centres as Distributed Places: Mobility, infrastructure, and truck traffic, Julie Cidell  2.1. Introduction  2.2. Space and Spatiality  2.3. Freight, Warehousing, and Distribution Centres  2.4. Distribution Centres as Distributed Places  2.5. Mobility within the Distribution Centre  2.6. Distributed Mobility  2.7. Distributed Labor  2.8. Distribution of Information  2.9. Distribution and Distributed Places  3. Maritime Cargomobilities: The impossibilities of representation, Philip E. Steinberg  3.1. Cartographies of Maritime Transport  3.2. The Forgotten Space  3.3. Enacting Cargomobilities  3.4. Conclusion  4. A City that Exports Air: Containers, traffic and logistics in Sydney’s intermodal network and beyond, Brett Neilson  4.1. The Container in Time  4.2. China-led Globalization  4.3. Sydney Traffic  4.4. Conclusion  5. Smuggling mobilities: Parasitic relations, and the aporetic openness of the shipping container, Craig Martin  5.1. Introduction  5.2. The Distributive Space of Cargomobilities  5.3. The Intermodal ISO Shipping Container  5.4. Unruly Cargomobilities  5.5. Parasitic Relations  5.6. Parasitic Entanglements of Legal and Illegal Cargomobilities  5.7. The Smuggler-Object: Nesting on the flow of parasitic relations  5.8. Conclusion  6. The New Zones of Circulation: On the production and securitisation of maritime frontiers in West Africa, Julian Stenmanns, Stefan Ouma  6.1. Introduction  6.2. Reframing West African Econom


    Thomas Birtchnell is Lecturer in Geography and Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong.

    Satya Savitzky is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University.

    John Urry is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University.

    This unique collection takes us on a fascinating journey through some of the hidden hubs and flows that are the lifeblood of our contemporary world. It shows how cargomobilities generate some of the most challenging social, ethical, economic and political dilemmas of our time. Combining conceptual richness with ethnographic detail, the authors in this collection bring cargomobilities to life like never before. - Dr David Bissell, The Australian National University, Australia

    Movements of cargo and freight have long been the privileged concerns of economists and logistics experts, with very little understanding of their broader relevance to the social sciences. This exciting new book opens out a new field, providing important studies of the political, social, and spatial implications of cargomobilities. Peter Merriman, Aberystwyth University, UK

    Circulating in the pervasive networks of a containerized world, this global granular study tracks the movement of the heavy components of digital capital. Nearly everything we consume has been calibrated and synchronized in these logistical landscapes that stretch into and striate both air and sea. - Keller Easterling, Yales School of Architecture, USA

    The movement of things is central to the working of a modern capitalist world. Mobility adds value. Outside of specialist literature in the field of logistics this middle section of the production-distribution-consumption triad has been the least exposed to critical analysis. This book corrects this oversight and does so much more besides. A stellar collection of essays by leading thinkers in the field of mobilities shines a bright lights into the often invisible, sometimes turbulent, world of the distribution of cargo by sea, land and air. This book is landmark collection for the exciting and never-more-important world of mobility studies. - Tim Cresswell, Professor of History and International Affairs, North