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By Mike Featherstone, Nigel Thrift, John Urry

Mobility — flows, move and migration in social existence — has emerged as a crucial sector of sociological debate, but certainly one of its such a lot dominant varieties, automobility, has remained mostly missed. Edited by way of 3 top social analysts, Automobilities offers one of many first and such a lot wide-ranging examinations of the auto and its promise of autonomy and mobility. Drawing on wealthy empirical element, from ethnographies of paperwork at the highway to the real of the auto in French cultural thought, the contributions show simply how major were the industrial, technological, social and political outcomes of a pervasive and accelerating tradition of the car.

A extensive array of theories are placed to paintings to light up this great and but ignored subject: method and strategies, complexity conception, performativity, actor community conception, movie conception, fabric tradition, theories of non-places, embodiment, sensuous geography/sociology, ethnomethodology and non-representational theory.

This e-book will firmly identify automobilities as a key subject for idea and learn. Automobilities represents a landmark textual content that may give a contribution to and supply an important impetus for the rising research of mobilities in modern societies.

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Or whose surface is only an advanced limit, an edge cut out of the v isible. In this totality, I shoulLi like to indicate t he processes that are foreign to tilt' 'geometric' o r "geographic: space of Thrift - Driling in the C i t y 43 visuaL panoptic or theoretical construc,tions, Such spatial pract ices refer to a specific form of operations (ways of doing); they reHect 'another spatial i t y" (an anthropological. poielik and mystical spatial experiment): they send us to an opaque. blind domain of the i n habited c i t y.

Automobility precludes both of these achievements of the eye. Especially for the non-ear-user roads are simply full of moving, dangerous iron cages. There i s no reciprocity of the eye and no look is returned from the 'ghost in the machine'. Communities of people become anonymized flows of faceless ghostly machines. The iron cages conceal the expressiveness of the faee and a road ful l of vehicles can never be possessed. There is no distance and mastery over the iron cage; rather, those living on the street are bombarded by hustle and bustle and especially by the noise, fumes and relentless movemt'nt of tIl{' car that cannot bt' mastered or possessed ( set' Urry, 2000: eh.

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