Exploring Networked Urban Mobilities explores different conceptual and theoretical angles between social practices and urban environments, culture, infrastructures, technologies, and the politics of mobility. The book introduces the concept of networked urban mobilities and lays out a research agenda for the future of mobility studies. Each of the contributors represents a specific approach in the field and each article provides cutting-edge theoretical and conceptual reflections on the topic. Mobility here is understood as a heterogeneous phenomenon that shapes modern societies and cities by emerging in different dimensions: as physical, social, cultural, and digital mobilities.
Table of Contents
Networked Urban Mobilities: An Introduction
Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Sven Kesselring
Globalizing Networked Urbanism: Frictions and Connectivity in Elite and Subaltern Mobilities
Mobile ‘Pseudonymous Strangers’. How Chance Encounters Constitute Sociality in Digitally-Augmented and Location Aware Urban Public Places
The Worlds of Offshoring
Networked Urbanism and Disaster
Monika Büscher, Xaroula Kerasidou, Katrina Petersen, Rachel Oliphant
Vertical Mobilities: The Politics of the Elevator
Performing or De-constructing the Mobile Subject? Linking Mobility Concepts, Research Designs and Methods
Mobility and the Cosmopolitan Perspective
Malene Freudendal-Pedersen is Associate Professor in Sustainable Mobilities at Roskilde University, Denmark. She has an interdisciplinary background linking sociology, geography, urban planning, and science and technology studies which she has been using to investigate praxes of mobilities and their significance for (future) cities. She is the co-manager of the international Cosmobilities Network, and the co-founder and co-editor of the new journal Applied Mobilities (Taylor & Francis). She is the author of the book Mobility in Daily Life: Between Freedom and Unfreedom.
Sven Kesselring is a Research Professor in Automotive Management: Sustainable Mobilities and the director of the Master of Science program Sustainable Mobilities at Nüertingen-Geislingen University (NGU), Germany. His research focuses on the sociology of (auto)mobiles, social theory, and the impact of technology and digitalization on everyday and professional lives. He is the founder and co-manager of the international Cosmobilities Network and co-director of the joint PhD program Sustainable Mobility and Mobility Cultures of TU Munich and NGU. He is co-founder and co-editor of the new journal Applied Mobilities (Taylor & Francis) and Studies in Mobility and Transport at Springer VS. He has edited several books including Aeromobilities (with Saulo Cwerner and John Urry).
"An odyssey of physical, social, cultural and virtual mobilities. Clear-eyed and compelling. The book really is a milestone."
Professor Anthony Elliott, Dean of External Engagement, University of South Australia