1st Edition

Geographies of Mobility Recent Advances in Theory and Method

Edited By Mei-Po Kwan, Tim Schwanen Copyright 2017
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book seeks to bring together different philosophical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to the study of human mobility within the discipline of geography. With five thematic sections – conceptualizing and analyzing mobility, inequalities of mobility, politics of mobility, decentering mobility, and qualifying abstraction – and 27 substantive chapters by leading researchers in the field, it provides a comprehensive overview of the latest thinking about human mobility and related issues. The contributors discuss mobility issues as diverse as everyday mobilities of young people, migrants and refugees, and sex workers; the relationships between citizenship and mobility; and the potential and pitfalls of big data for understanding mobility. This, coupled with a broad international focus, means that Geographies of Mobility will not only encourage and enrich dialogue on a theme that is of major importance to varied geographic research communities, but will also be of great interest to students and researchers across the wider social sciences. This book was originally published as a special issue of Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

    1. Introduction: Geographies of Mobility Mei-Po Kwan and Tim Schwanen
    2. Developing a Framework for the Spaces and Spatialities of Transportation and Mobilities Julie Cidell and Devon Lechtenberg
    3. Mobility Among the Spatialities Byron Miller and Jason Ponto
    4. Algorithmic Geographies: Big Data, Algorithmic Uncertainty, and the Production of Geographic Knowledge Mei-Po Kwan
    5. Mobility Research in the Age of the Smartphone Amit Birenboim and Noam Shoval
    6. Rosa Parks Redux: Racial Mobility Projects on the Journey to Work Virginia Parks
    7. Revisiting Gender, Race, and Commuting in New York Valerie Preston and Sara McLafferty
    8. Mobility, Communication, and Place: Navigating the Landscapes of Suburban U.S. Teens Meghan Cope and Brian H. Y. Lee
    9. Latin@ Immobilities and Altermobilities Within the U.S. Deportability Regime Marta Maria Maldonado, Adela C. Licona, and Sarah Hendricks
    10. Connected Mobility in a Disconnected World: Contested Infrastructure in Postdisaster Contexts
    11. Mimi Sheller

    12. Contesting Street Spaces in a Socialist City:Itinerant Vending-Scapes and the Everyday Politics of Mobility in Hanoi, Vietnam Noelani Eidse, Sarah Turner, and Natalie Oswin
    13. Mobilizing a Spatial Politics of Street Skating: Thinking About the Geographies of Generosity Elaine Stratford
    14. Locked in Place: Young People’s Immobilities and the Slovenian Erasure Stuart C. Aitken
    15. Unintended Return: U.S. Deportations and the Fractious Politics of Mobility for Latinos Marie Price and Derek Breese
    16. Circulations and the Entanglements of Citizenship Formation Lynn A. Staeheli, David J. Marshall, and Naomi Maynard
    17. The Geopolitics of Tourism: Mobilities, Territory, and Protest in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong Ian Rowen
    18. Micropolitics of Mobility: Public Transport Commuting and Everyday Encounters with Forces of Enablement and Constraint David Bissell
    19. 404 Mobility Disadvantage and Livelihood Opportunities of Marginalized Widowed Women in Rural Uganda Deborah Naybor, Jessie P. H. Poon, and Irene Casas
    20. Livelihoods as Relational Immobilities: Exploring the Everyday Practices of Young Female Sex Workers in Ethiopia Lorraine van Blerk
    21. Mobilities at Gunpoint: The Geographies of (Im)mobility of Transgender Sex Workers in Colombia Amy E. Ritterbusch
    22. Mobilities in Rural Africa: New Connections, New Challenges Gina Porter
    23. The Way They Blow the Horn: Caribbean Dollar Cabs and Subaltern Mobilities Asha Best
    24. Fixing Mobility in the Neoliberal City: Cycling Policy and Practice in London as a Mode of Political Economic and Biopolitical Governance Justin Spinney
    25. Policies on the Move: The Transatlantic Travels of Tax Increment Financing Tom Baker, Ian R. Cook, Eugene McCann,Cristina Temenos, and Kevin Ward
    26. Temporal Trends of Intraurban Commuting in Baton Rouge, 1990–2010 Yujie Hu and Fahui Wang
    27. A Location-Centric Network Approach to Analyzing Epidemic Dynamics Shiran Zhong and Ling Bian
    28. Another Tale of Two Cities: Understanding Human Activity Space Using Actively Tracked Cellphone Location Data Yang Xu, Shih-Lung Shaw, Ziliang Zhao, Ling Yin, Feng Lu, Jie Chen, Zhixiang Fang, and Qingquan Li


    Mei-Po Kwan is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Her research interests include human mobility, environmental health, sustainable transport and cities, and geographic information science. She has received many prestigious honors and awards for her groundbreaking contributions to these areas.

    Tim Schwanen is an Associate Professor of Transport Studies and the Director of the Transport Studies Unit in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, UK. His research focuses on questions around mobility, cities, climate change, well-being, and inequality.