Mobility is a basic principle of modernity besides others like individuality, rationality, equality and globality. Taking its cue from this concept, this book presents a movement that begins with the macro-social transformations linked to mobility and ends with empirical discussions on the new forms of mobility and their implications for everyday life. The book opens with a study of the social changes unique to the second age of modernity, with contributions from Ulrich Beck, John Urry, Wolfgang Bonss and Sven Kesselring. It continues with a discussion of the implications of these changes for sociological research. Authors such as Vincent Kaufmann, Weert Canzler, Norbert Schneider, Beate Collet, Ruth Limmer and Gerlinde Vogl focus on a series of field examinations, both qualitative and quantitative, of emerging mobilities. The book is a foray into the exciting new field of interdisciplinary mobility research informed by theoretical reflection and empirical investigation.
'Bridging the new mobilities paradigm associated with John Urry and the reflexive modernization theory associated with Ulrich Beck, this book offers an important theoretical synthesis of emerging transnational and cross-disciplinary research in the social sciences. Accompanied by innovative empirical case studies of the intersections of automobility, work and home mobility in Europe, it will serve as an indispensable guide to the vibrant new field of mobilities research.' Mimi Sheller, Swarthmore College, USA and Lancaster University, UK 'Tracing Mobilities traces mobilities in two ways: it usefully presents the works of the contributors so far, and it advances our knowledge of mobilities full-force into new directions. The varied disciplinary and country affiliations of the contributors provides for a diversified tackling of the complex four-edged frontier: mobilities, being in motion, mobility potentiality and its materialization.' Aharon Kellerman, University of Haifa, Israel 'Overall I found this to be a very commendable and insightful book. It is well edited and has a clearly defined structure and cohesion in terms of narrative.' Irish Geography