By Steffen Bohm, Visit Amazon's Campbell Jones Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Campbell Jones, , Chris Land, Matthew Paterson

ISBN-10: 1405152702

ISBN-13: 9781405152709

Regardless of its promise of freedom and autonomy, the ubiquity of the car has inspired unexpected ecological, social, and political switch. In opposed to Automobility, a panel of unusual students take a severe examine the contradiction of the automobile.
A severe account of the impression of the automobile on society, that is either liberated via and reliant upon motor vehicles.
Written by way of a panel of unusual students from various disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.
Examines automobility's impression on environmental, social, and political issues.
- should be of curiosity to these whose learn specializes in geography, politics, intake and cultural stories, severe concept, and the sociology of items and way of life.

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Lost in the maze of extension the car affords, the kind of attachment Urry imagines brings into presence only the car’s enhancement of individuality – choice, freedom, flexibility, mobility, speed, the lot! But we still need to go further than this to understand fully the engrossment of the car system. As already indicated, we can understand how incorporation by the car elicits our engagement with other materials beyond the car, such as the strips of tarmac along which we can drive, and thereby positions us in other, sometimes extreme, often unexpected relations; an encounter, say, with a frightened rabbit or the violence of an incipient road-rager.

There is a slight hesitation before the car responds and, in the flick of a wrist, leaps out into the space created by a break in the flow of oncoming traffic. For a moment the inside car and he are parallel, then the big engine pulls quickly away and he can dive in front, just ahead of the on-coming car with its flashing lights and frightened faces. Just making it. David settles down, thinking: Better car, better driver. Looking for the next space, he prepares to take on the next car in front.

Our contention is that current transformations in the nature of argument go to the heart of changes in our ‘extension’, the being-in-the world of persons by virtue of the social and material construction of their relations. Being static, stationary, or even just being ‘slow’, are increasingly more difficult ways of being-in-the-world to defend. Going further, we have argued the case for the concept of motility to be added to that of mobility. The fix on mobility – and its hyperextension into automobility – masks much else that is going on apart from its individuating effects.

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