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Handbook of Urban Mobilities

1st Edition

Edited by Ole B. Jensen, Claus Lassen, Vincent Kaufmann, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Ida Sofie Gøtzsche Lange


544 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138482197
pub: 2020-06-10
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This book offers the reader a comprehensive understanding and the multitude of methods utilized in the research of urban mobilities with cities and ‘the urban’ as its pivotal axis. It covers theories and concepts for scholars and researchers to understand, observe, and analyze the world of urban mobilities.

The Handbook of Urban Mobilities facilitates the understanding of urban mobilities within a historic conscience of societal transformation. It explores key concepts and theories within the ‘mobilities turn’ with a particular urban framework, as well as the methods and tools at play when empirical, urban mobilities research is undertaken. This book also explores the urban mobilities practices related to commutes, particular modes of moving; the exploration of everyday life and embodied practices as they manifest themselves within urban mobilities; and the themes of power, conflict and social exclusion. A discussion of urban planning, public control, and governance is also undertaken in the book, wherein the themes of infrasturctures, technologies, and design are duly considered.

With chapters written in an accessible style, this handbook carries timely contributions within the contemporary state-of-the-art of urban mobilities research. It will thus be useful for academics and students of graduate programs and post-graduate studies within disciplines such as urban geography, political science, sociology, anthropology, urban planning, traffic- and transportation planning, architecture and urban design.


"Featuring the most prominent scholars in the field, the Handbook of Urban Mobilities is a must have for all those interested in the intersection of mobilities studies and urban spaces. The essays in the handbook focus on the ways in which mobilities provides a framework to study the urban, and all its related networks, such as people, technologies, geographies, and culture. As such, the authors constantly remind us that mobilities is not only about increased speed, but also about immobilities, moorings, and differential mobilities. Focusing on the the histories, theories, practices, infrastructures and methods to study the interdependence between cities and mobilities, the essays in this handbook constantly ask, "What is urban in mobilities?"

- Adriana de Souza e Silva, Professor, Department of Communication, NC State University, USA

"The social sciences, humanities and design disciplines have become preoccupied with mobilities in the past two decades - and for good reason: the challenges and crises of our cities and our world are utterly linked to how people, things and flows move across the world.

In this superb collection, for the first time, readers can gain a state-of-the-art overview of this crucial 'mobilities turn'. Through fully 44 chapters from many of the leading lights in the movement, insightful reviews address all of its key dimensions. Justice, climate change, disability and gender; walking, cycling, driving and public transport; digitisation, 'smart' cities and 'Big Data'; questions of class, ethnicity, (dis)ability and the bodym, issues of design, planning, governance and architecture; the challenges of doing mobility research itself -- all receive expert treatment. The result is a truly definitive collection"

- Stephen Graham, Professor of Cities and Society, Newcastle University

"Cities pulse to the rhythms of mobilities. This expertly curated handbook is an essential reference guide for navigating the heady swirl of mobile technologies, infrastructures, practices and materialities that make cities what they are."

- David Bissell, The University of Melbourne

Table of Contents

Section I: Histories, Concepts, and Theories

Section II: Methods, Tools, and Approaches

Section III: Commutes, Modes, and Rhythms

Section IV: Everyday Life, Bodies, and Practices

Section V: Power, Conflict, and Social Exclusion

Section VI: Urban Planning, Public Control, and Governance

Section VII: Infrastructures, Technologies, and Design

Section VIII: Environments, Climate Change, and Economic Development

About the Editors

Malene Freudendal-Pedersen is Professor in Urban Planning at Aalborg University and have an interdisciplinary background linking sociology, geography, urban planning and the sociology of technology.

Ole B. Jensen isProfessor of Urban Theory at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University (Denmark).

Vincent Kaufman is associate professor of urban sociology and mobility at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Claus Lassen is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre of Mobility and Urban Studies (C-MUS) at Aalborg University.

Ida Sofie Gøtzsche Lange is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University (Denmark).

About the Series

Routledge International Handbooks

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban