Edited by Saulo Cwerner, Sven Kesselring, John Urry

© 2008 – Routledge

250 pages | 147 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Aeromobilities is a collection of essays that tackle in many different ways the growing importance of aviation and air travel in our hypermobile, globalized world. Providing a multidisciplinary focus on issues ranging from global airports to the production of airspace, from airline work to helicopters, and from movement in airports to software systems, Aeromobilities seeks to enhance our understanding of space, time and mobility in the age of mass air travel. From Sao Paulo to Sydney, Aeromobilities draws on local experiences of airspaces to generate theory and research that are global in scope. It is the first book of its kind, bringing together a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to aviation and air travel in the social sciences and humanities, while emphasizing the central role of aeromobilities in contemporary social relations. In a world where virtually every aspect of social life is touched upon, in one way or another, by the complex global network of airline flows, with its large passenger aircraft and iconic international airports, Aeromobilities provides innovative analyses of some of the most fundamental and influential mobility networks of our time.


"This very interesting, thought-provoking work will be referenced by scholars for many years - Recommended."

-- Choice, September 2009

Table of Contents

Introducing Aeromobilities Saulo Cwerner Part 1: Aeromobilities, Globalization and Social Theory 1. Aeromobilities and the Global John Urry 2. Global Transfer Points: the Making of Airports in the Mobile Risk Society Sven Kesselring Part 2: The Production of Airspaces 3. >store>forward> Architectures of a Future Tense Gillian Fuller 4 Connecting the World: Analyzing Global City Networks Through Airline Flows Ben Derudder, Nathalie Van Nuffel and Frank Witlox 5. Airport Codes/Spaces Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge 6. Air Craft: Producing UK Airspace Lucy Budd 7. Around the World in 80 Airports Ross Rudesch Harley Part 3: The Social Life of Air Travel 8. Airborne on Time Peter Peters 9. A Life in Corridors: Social Perspectives on Aeromobilities and Work in Knowledge Organizations Claus Lassen 10. Getting into the Flow Peter Adey Part 4: Governing Air Travel 11. Science, Expertise, and Local Knowledge in Airport Conflicts: Towards a Cosmopolitical Approach Guillaume Faburel and Lisa Levy 12. Helipads, Heliports and Urban Air Space: Governing the Contested Infrastructure of Helicopter Travel Saulo Cwerner

About the Editors

Dr Saulo Cwerner studied social sciences at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, international relations at the University of Leeds and cultural studies at Lancaster University before obtaining a PhD in sociology at Lancaster University. He worked at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College, and Lancaster University before joining the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University.

Dr Cwerner researched and published several articles in the fields of migration and refugee studies before conducting research on mobility, air travel and urban life. He is now developing further research on aviation and society from the perspective of mobility studies, with an emphasis on the environment and the politics of aviation.

Dr. Sven Kesselring is member of the TUM Transportation Centre in Munich, Germany, and the director of research of the mobil.TUM project, which is part of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Technische Universität München. In 2008 he was a visiting professor for sociological theory at the University of Kassel.

He holds a PhD from the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München. Recently he received a grant from the Erich-Becker-Stiftung (Frankfurt Airport Foundation) for his work on airports and globalization.

John Urry is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK, where he is Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research. His recent books include Sociology Beyond Societies (Routledge, 2000), Global Complexity (Polity, 2003), Tourism Mobilities (edited with Mimi Sheller, 2004), Mobile Technologies of the City (with Mimi Sheller, 2006) and Mobilities (Polity, 2007). He is currently co-writing After the Car (Polity) and co-editing Aeromobilities (Routledge). He edits the International Library of Sociology and the journal Mobilities.

About the Series

International Library of Sociology

The International Library of Sociology (ILS) is the most important series of books on sociology ever published. Founded in the 1940s by Karl Mannheim, the series became the forum for pioneering research and theory, marked by comparative approaches and the identification of new directions in sociology, publishing major figures in Anglo-American and European sociology, from Durkheim and Weber to Parsons and Gouldner, and from Ossowski and Klein to Jasanoff and Walby.

Its new editors, John Holmwood (University of Nottingham, UK) and Vineeta Sinha (National University of Singapore), plan to develop the series as a truly global project, reflecting new directions and contributions outside its traditional centres, and connecting with the original aim of the series to produce sociological knowledge that addresses pressing global social problems and supports democratic debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General