Although Foucault’s work has been employed and embraced enthusiastically by some ‘mobilities’ scholars, discussion across these two traditions to date has mostly been partial and unsystematic. Yet Foucault’s work can make critical contributions, for example, to thinking about governing mobilities in contemporary societies, while conversely mobilities research opens up new perspectives on Foucault. In combination these bodies of work can illuminate issues as diverse as: the greater interdependencies between mobility systems (e.g. transport, tourism, trade, internet use); the proliferation of the undesired mobilities of viruses, of natural phenomena like fire, of (what is taken to be) criminality and other seemingly inevitable by-products of globalisation; the perceived threats to desirable forms of mobility as constituted by climate change, peak oil and energy security, and terrorism and warfare; and the increased popularity of logics of governance premised on choice, responsibilisation and the (re)coding of phenomena in economic terms under neo-liberalism.
Against this background, this book brings together the first major collection of contributions from across the social sciences with a shared interest in both mobilities and Foucauldian thinking.
This book was published as a special issue of Mobilities.
1. Introduction to Special Issue on ‘Mobilities and Foucault’ Katharina Manderscheid, Tim Schwanen and David Tyfield
2. ‘One Must Eliminate the Effects of … Diffuse Circulation [and] their Unstable and Dangerous Coagulation’: Foucault and Beyond the Stopping of Mobilities Chris Philo
3. Securing Circulation Through Mobility: Milieu and Emergency Response in the British Fire and Rescue Service Nathaniel O’Grady
4. Prison and (Im)mobility. What about Foucault? Christophe Mincke and Anne Lemonme
5. Veins of Concrete, Cities of Flow: Reasserting the Centrality of Circulation in Foucault’s Analytics of Government Mark Usher
6. Governing Mobilities, Mobilising Carbon Matthew Paterson
7. Putting the Power in ‘Socio-Technical Regimes’ – E-Mobility Transition in China as Political Process David Tyfield
8. The Movement Problem, the Car and Future Mobility Regimes: Automobility as Dispositif and Mode of Regulation Katharina Manderscheid