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On the Move

Mobility in the Modern Western World, 1st Edition

By Timothy Cresswell


340 pages

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On the Move presents a rich history of one of the key concepts of modern life: mobility. Increasing mobility has been a constant throughout the modern era, evident in mass car ownership, plane travel, and the rise of the Internet. Typically, people have equated increasing mobility with increasing freedom. However, as Cresswell shows, while mobility has certainly increased in modern times, attempts to control and restrict mobility are just as characteristic of modernity. Through a series of fascinating historical episodes Cresswell shows how mobility and its regulation have been central to the experience of modernity.

Table of Contents

1. The Production of Mobilities: An Interpretive Framework 2. The Metaphysics of Fixity and Flow 3. Capturing Mobility: Mobility and Meaning in the Photography of Eadward Muybridge and Ettiene-Jules Marey 4. The Production of Mobilities in the Workplace and the Home 5. 'You Cannot Shake that Shimmie Here: Producing Mobility on the

Dance Floor 6. Mobility, Rights and Citizenship in the United States 7. Producing Immigrant Mobilities (with Gareth Hoskins) 8. Mobilizing the Movement: Entangled Mobilities in the Suffrage Politics of Florence Luscomb and Margaret Foley 1911-1915 9. The Production of Mobilities at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

About the Author

Tim Cresswell is Professor of Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. A noted scholar, Cresswell has published three respected books thus far (with Minnesota, Reaktion and Blackwell), and On the Move has already garnered a glowing review from John Urry of the University of Lancaster. Urry stated that it will become a standard book in the field.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Historical Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General