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Re-Thinking Mobility

Contemporary Sociology, 1st Edition

By Vincent Kaufmann


120 pages

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All too often, mobility is evoked as a preferred indicator in explanations of space-time compression and its impact. However, in failing to clearly distinguish speed potentials from their use, such analyses veer towards technological determinism, or else towards the normative domain. In order to avoid this trap, the motivations underlying mobility must be explored. This groundbreaking examination is carried out through a discussion of the following general question: to what extent can the speed potentials generated by technological transportation systems be considered as vectors of social change? It also provides an opportunity to study in greater depth the little-known field of the sociology of mobility. Following an examination of the existing controversies surrounding social fluidification, it proposes to rethink mobility using the new concept of motility. Current contributions to and research results in this new area are included and the book indicates possible new research directions, opening the way to a new form of general sociology.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Questioning fluidity; Insights from empirical research; Re-thinking spatial mobility; Mobile, therefore free?; The use of speed potentials; What inequalities?; The production of context; Conclusion: towards a network solidity?; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Vincent Kaufmann, Department of Sociology, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, France. Researcher at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

About the Series

Transport and Society

Transport and Society
This series focuses on the impact of transport planning policy and implementation on the wider society and on the participation of the users. It discusses issues such as: gender and public transport, travel for the elderly and disabled, transport boycotts and the civil rights movement etc. Interdisciplinary in scope, linking transport studies with sociology, social welfare, cultural studies and psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Transportation
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography