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Material Mobilities

1st Edition

Edited by Ole B. Jensen, Claus Lassen, Ida Sofie Gøtzsche Lange


264 pages | 43 B/W Illus.

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Material Mobilities explores the material dimension of various forms of mobilities and its implications for society, politics and everyday experiences as well as investigates how materials themselves are on the move. Together the different contributions and perspectives on material mobilities illustrate how materialities are critical components within mobilities but also shape how mobilities are produced and consumed within contemporary mobile societies. This insight may potentially influence the ways disciplines of mobilities understand and approach mobilities in the future.

This book exemplifies how the new Mobilities turn may profit from foregrounding materials, the material, and materiality as a common pivot for social analysis. During the last decade of research affiliated to the ‘new mobilities turn’ the societal repercussions of intensive mobilities has been in focus. The ‘turn’ has documented the social, environmental, economic, and cultural effects of the contemporary patterns of movement of people, vehicles, goods, data and information. In parallel with this work new ideas and concepts about the human/non-human and the ‘material dimension’ of the social world has surfaced within a wide array of fields such as philosophy, anthropology, and cultural studies.

Material Mobilities offers a materially sensitive and focused attention to the new Mobilities turn. The ‘turn to the material’ opens up a new set of research questions related to how artefacts and technologies facilitating and affording mobilities are being designed, constructed, and instituted. The new material interest furthermore points at new ways of comprehending the political and the power-dimensions of mobilities and infrastructural landscapes. The turn to the material furthermore problematizes the Modern binary distinctions between humans and non-humans, subjects and objects, culture and nature.


"Through combining the 'mobilities turn' in the social sciences with the new interest in the material dimensions of social worlds, Material Mobilities offers eye-opening perspectives on the everyday world, its infrastructural landscapes, and the power-dimensions of mobilities. Reading this book will leave you sensing, feeling, and moving through your own social world with renewed curiosity."

- Prof Mimi Sheller, Director of the Center for Mobilities Research & Policy, Drexel University, USA

"That social theory would turn back to reflect on its development in the contradictions of mobilities was predictable; but nothing could have prepared us for Jensen, Lassen, Lange and their colleagues’ extraordinary engagement with the discourse of materialities. This collection is absolutely indispensable."

- Prof Anthony Elliott, Executive Director of the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, University of South Australia

Table of Contents


Mikkel Bille

1. Material Mobilities

Ole B. Jensen, Claus Lassen and Ida S. G. Lange

2. From Structure to Infrastructuring? On Transport Infrastructures and Socio-Material Ordering

Tobias Röhl

3. The Cathedrals of Automobility: How to Read a Motor Show

Richard Randell

Interlude 1: Immaterial Immobilities and the Infrastructuring of Mobile Utopia

Interview with Monika Büscher

4. Relating Movement to Information in Consumer Mobilities, Using Space Syntax

Zofia Bednarowska and Jamie O’Brien

5. "It's Going to Be Very Slippery": Snow, Space and Mobility While Learning Cross-Country Skiing

Paul McIlvenny

6. Moving Forward - Left Behind: Asynchrone Experiences. The Use of Mobile Media Technologies When Young People Leave.

Ida Wentzel Winther and Rune Bundgaard

7. Mapping Unknown Knowns of Transit Infrastructures

Elisa Diogo Silva, Ditte Bendix Lanng and Simon Wind

Interlude 2: Five Ways to Make Them Political

Interview with Albena Yaneva

8. Designing Places for Experiences: A Study of Architectural Practices

Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt and Anita Schou Kjølbæk

9. A Material Review of Costa Rica’s Attempt to Carbon Neutrality: Assembling Heterogeneous Actor-Networks of Emissions, Mobilities and Calculations

Yamil Hasbun

10. Acupunctural Mobilities Design ‘From Below’: Reflecting on Uneven Material Mobilities in the Global South, the Caracas a Pie Case

Andrea V. Hernandez Bueno and Ditte Bendix Lanng

Interlude 3: Material Mobilities – ‘Keynote Interlude’

Interview with Ole B. Jensen

11. Moving With: Molecular Mobilities and Our Connective Tissue Fascia

Doerte Weig

12. Mobile Work, Space and Processes of Transition

Hanne Vesala and Seppo Tuomivaara

13. Dwelling on the Move

Cecilie Breinholm Christensen

About the Editors

Ole B. Jensen is Professor, Deputy Director, and Co-Founder of the Centre for Mobilities and Urban Studies (C-MUS), Aalborg University. His main research interests are Urban Mobilities, Mobilities Design, and Networked Technologies. He has published more than 200 academic publications on cities, mobilities, and design.

Claus Lassen is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre of Mobility and Urban Studies (C-MUS) at Aalborg University. His research analyses changing social relations in the light of international air travel, and he has published a number of articles and book chapters on business travel, aeromobilities and airports.

Ida Sofie Gøtzsche Lange is Assistant Professor and board member at the Center for Mobilities and Urban Studies (C-MUS), Aalborg University. Her main research interests are within Urban Mobilities, Port City Relationships, Urban Design, Planning, Place theory and Mobilities Design.

About the Series

Changing Mobilities

This series explores the transformations of society, politics and everyday experiences wrought by changing mobilities, and the power of mobilities research to inform constructive responses to these transformations. As a new mobile century is taking shape, international scholars explore motivations, experiences, insecurities, implications and limitations of mobile living, and opportunities and challenges for design in the broadest sense, from policy to urban planning, new media and technology design. With world citizens expected to travel 105 billion kilometres per year in 2050, it is critical to make mobilities research and design inform each other.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General