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Mobilities: New Perspectives on Transport and Society

By John Urry

Edited by Margaret Grieco

© 2012 – Routledge

384 pages

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About the Book

Bringing together the leading authors currently working at the intersection of social science and transport science, this volume provides a companion to the well-established and extensive international Transport and Society series. Each chapter, and the volume as a whole, offers closer and richer consideration of the issues, practices and structures of multiple mobilities which shape the current world but which have typically been overlooked or minimised. What this approach seeks to do is not only draw attention to many new areas of research and investigation relating to mobile lives, but also to point to new theories and methods by which such lives have to be researched and examined. Such new theories and methods are relevant both to rethinking 'transport' studies as such but are also recasting 'societal' studies as 'transport' so that it comes out of the ghetto and enters mainstream social science.

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"This valuable collection of contributions, by distinguished scholars in a variety of disciplines, offers a provocative look at the pros and cons of modern mobility. Special attention is given to some often-neglected consequences of the status quo for the more vulnerable members of society, making it an especially important addition to public policy discourse and scholarship." - Patricia Mokhtarian, University of California, Davis, USA

"Mobilities: New Perspectives on Transport and Society is a big leap forward for research beyond the transport/mobilities divide. It pulls together exiting debates and controversies amongst transport researchers and social scientists. It doesn't hide conflicts, disagreements and problems, but indicates future directions for sustainable mobility and transport. Urry, Grieco and the contributors are driving forward new thinking on transport and mobility. This is rich thinking and science. More of this quality is needed!" - Sven Kesselring, TU Munich, Germany

"The editors have brought together authors with very different methodological strengths and orientations and the diversity of research approaches discussed is impressive from large quantitative survey analyses, through more qualitative observational, ethnographic and interview techniques." - International Planning Studies, Niamh Moore-Cherry, University College Dublin

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: introducing the mobilities turn, Margaret Grieco and John Urry; Does mobility have a future?, John Urry; Mobility and transport disadvantage, Julian Hine; Structures of encounterability: space, place, paths and identities, Frances Hodgson; Perspectives on young people's daily mobility, transport and service access in sub-Saharan Africa, Gina Porter, Kate Hampshire, Albert Abane, Elsbeth Robson, Alister Munthali, Mac Mashiri, Augustine Tanle, Goodhope Maponya and Sipho Dube; Research on mobility and lifestyle - what are the results?, Konrad Götz and Timo Ohnmacht; Egos' horizons and behind them: snowball sampling on personal leisure networks, Matthias Kowald and Kay W. Axhausen; Connected, computed, collective: smart mobilities, Monika Büscher, Paul Coulton, Christos Efstratiou, Hans Gellersen and Drew Hemment; Technology fix versus behaviour change, Glenn Lyons; The impact of differences in commuting duration on family travel and activity patterns in the London and Paris regions, Peter Jones, Roselle Thoreau, Marie-Helene Massot and Jean-Pierre Orfeuil; Transport and social exclusion: where are we now?, Karen Lucas; What we do while driving: towards the 'driverless car', Eric Laurier with Tim Dant; Configuring commuters' accessibility to multimedia mobile services: the case of Bluetooth 'augmented' advertising in the Paris Metro, C. Licoppe and C. Levallois-Barth; Young people, mobility and the environment: an integrative approach, Colin G. Pooley; Sustainable mobility and mobility justice: towards a twin transition, Mimi Sheller; Transport history, the usable past and the future of mobility, Colin Divall; Aviation and ethnicity: an under-investigated area, Fiona Rajé; Bridging the mobility gap: the role of ITS, John D. Nelson and Paulus T. Aditjandra; Epilogue: the mobility of the sick: perverse organisational premises in the transport arrangements of the contemporary National Health Service, Margaret Grieco; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Margaret Grieco is Professor of Transport and Society at Edinburgh Napier University and series editor of the Transport and Society series. John Urry is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK.

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:
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography