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Social Perspectives on Mobility

1st Edition

Edited by Lise Drewes Nielsen, Thyra Uth Thomsen, Henrik Gudmundsson


233 pages

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Globalisation is heavily dependent on physical transport, as people and goods travel over longer distances and with higher frequency. Movement and mobility have become integrated parts of late modern identity and practice, and a state of flux can be sensed everywhere. Bringing together the latest interdisciplinary theoretical approaches with empirical case studies analysing and appraising innovative policies from Scandinavia, this volume demonstrates that mobility research is a key issue within social enquiry. It addresses three broad themes. Firstly, mobility as a constructed social reality, examining how individuals construct notions of mobility in their everyday life and practice. Secondly, mobility as spatial co-ordination and transgression, and finally, mobility as a policy theme, where the contributors explore recent developments in transport policy at national and European levels, suggesting ways forward for both research and policy. In the final section of the book new visions for research into sustainability and mobility are laid out.


'This is an excellent example of innovative conceptual and empirical work broadly following a new mobilities paradigm. The book is going to be well-read and discussed. It is a significant contribution to this newly emerging field.' John Urry, Lancaster University, UK 'Social Perspectives on Mobility is a crucial text for scholars, planners and students interested in transport. It skilfully handles the concept of mobility from different theoretical and empirical angles. The interdisciplinary perspective presented represents a new and enriching contribution to the debate on mobility.' Randi Johanne Hjorthol, Institute of Transport Economics, Norway 'What emerges is a book that is of great value to politicians and planning officials hoping to survey some of the key issues in today's transport sector…the book is a valuable resource and should give anyone interested a good look at some of the key issues facing planners in the transport sector…' European Spatial Research and Policy

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: mobility research - a growing field of social enquiry, Lise Drewes Nielsen, Henrik Gudmundsson and Thyra Uth Thomsen. Mobility as Constructed Social Reality: Parents' construction of traffic safety: children's independent mobility at risk?, Thyra Uth Thomsen; Structural stories, mobility and (un)freedom, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen; Reflexive mobility - a critical and action oriented perspective on transport research, Lise Drewes Nielsen. Mobility as Spatial Co-ordination and Transgression: Impacts of infrastructure investment on logistics and transport - examples from the fixed links of the Great Belt and Oresund in Denmark, Leif Gjesing Hansen; Involving freight transport actors in production of knowledge - experience with future workshop methodology, Per Homann Jespersen and Lise Drewes Nielsen. Mobility as a Policy Theme: Mobility as a policy concept, Henrik Gudmundsson; The institutionalisation of European transport policy from a mobility perspective, Anne Jensen; New conditions for decision-making and co-ordination in transport? Corporatisation and division in the Danish railway sector, Claus Hedegaard Sørensen; Democracy, civil society and automobility: understanding battles against motorways, Maria Figueroa; Epilogue: mobility, sustainability, and beyond, Henrik Gudmundsson, Thyra Uth Thomsen and Lise Drewes Nielsen; Index.

About the Editors

Thyra Uth Thomsen is Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Lise Drewes Nielsen is Professor in the Department of Environment and Social Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark, and Henrik Gudmundsson is Senior Researcher at the National Environmental Research Institute in Denmark.

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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