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1st Edition

Mobile Technologies of the City

Edited By

Mimi Sheller


John Urry

ISBN 9780415374347
Published April 12, 2006 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Mobile communications technologies are taking off across the world, while urban transportation and surveillance systems are also being rebuilt and updated. Emergent practices of physical, informational and communicational mobility are reconfiguring patterns of movement, co-presence, social exclusion and security across many urban contexts. This book brings together a carefully selected group of innovative case studies of these mobile technologies of the city, tracing the emergence of both new socio-technical practices of the city and of a new theoretical paradigm for mobilities research.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Mobile Cities, Urban Mobilities Mimi Sheller and John Urry  Part 1: Mobilities and the Creation of Urban Spatial Form  2. The Linear City: touring Vienna in the nineteenth century Ulrike Spring  3. Between the Physical and the Virtual: connected mobilities? Peter Adey and Paul Bevan  4. Urban Violence: luxury in made space Sarah S. Jain  Part 2: Re-Configuring Co-Presence  5. Bypassing and WAPing: reconfiguring timetables for ‘real-time’ mobility Juliet Jain  6. Reshaping Patterns of Mobility and Exclusion? The impact of virtual mobility upon acesssibility, mobility and social exclusion Susan Kenyon  7. Twin Towers and Amoy Gardens: mobilities, risks and choices Stephen Little  Part 3: Cultures of Infrastructure and Public Space  8. From Café to Parkbench: wi-fi and technological overflows in the city Adrian Mackenzie  9. ICT’s and the Engineering of Encounters: A case study of the development of a mobile game based on the geolocation of terminals Christian Licoppe and Romain Guillot  10. Permeable Boundaries in the Software-Sorted Society: surveillance and differentiations of mobility David Wood and Stephen Graham

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Mimi Sheller is Visiting Associate Professor at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University, England. She is the author of Democracy After Slavery (2000) and Consuming the Caribbean (2003), and co-editor of Uprootings/Regroundings (2003) and Tourism Mobilitites (2004). She is also co-editor of the new Routledge journal Mobilities.

John Urry is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University. Recent books include Sociology beyond Societies (2000), The Tourist Gaze (1990/2002), Global Complexity (2003), Tourism Mobilities (co-edited; 2004), Automobilities (coedited; 2005). He is also co-editor of the new Routledge journal Mobilities.