Mobilities

ISBN-10: 0745634192

ISBN-13: 9780745634197

Edition: 2007

Authors: John Urry

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Issues of movement - of people, things, information and ideas - are central to peoples ' lives and to most organisations. From oil wars to SMS texting, from airport expansion controversies to the decline of walking, from slave-trading to global terrorism, from global warming to teleworking, issues of 'mobility ' are centre-stage upon many academic and policy agendas. These topics and issues are increasingly analysed as part of a concern with 'mobility ' which this wide-ranging book both describes and seeks to develop.John Urry has been at the centre of these debates and he draws upon an extensive array of new research and material to develop what he calls the 'new mobilities paradigm ' for the social sciences. He shows how this paradigm makes comprehensible social phenomena which were previously opaque. He examines how 'mobilities ' each presuppose a 'system ' that permits predictable and relatively risk-free repetition. The book outlines various such systems and then analyses their intersecting implications for social inequality, for social networks and meetings, for the nature of places and for alternative mobility futures.Mobilities is thus both an analysis of different mobilities historically and in the present and an argument that the social world will be analysed quite differently once peoples ' lives, organisations, states and global institutions are seen to be dealing with extensive and hugely contested mobility processes. This book rewrites social science through a mobilities paradigm.
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 12/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 6.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

Preface
Mobile Worlds
Mobilizing Social Life
'Mobile' Theories and Methods
The Mobilities Paradigm
Moving and Communicating
Pavements and Paths
'Public' Trains
Inhabiting Cars and Roads
Flying Around
Connecting and Imaginging
Societies and Systems on the Move
Gates to Heaven and Hell
Networks
Meetings
Places
Systems and Dark Futures
References
Index
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