The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities
Edited by Peter Adey, David Bissell, Kevin Hannam, Peter Merriman, Mimi Sheller
Routledge – 2013 – 624 pages
The 21st century seems to be on the move, perhaps even more so than the last. With cheap travel, and more than two billion cars projected worldwide for 2030. And yet, all this mobility is happening incredibly unevenly, at different paces and intensities, with varying impacts and consequences to the extent that life on the move might be actually quite difficult to sustain environmentally, socially and ethically. As a result 'mobility' has become a keyword of the social sciences; delineating a new domain of concepts, approaches, methodologies and techniques which seek to understand the character and quality of these trends.
This Handbook explores and critically evaluates the debates, approaches, controversies and methodologies, inherent to this rapidly expanding discipline. It brings together leading specialists from range of backgrounds and geographical regions to provide an authoritative and comprehensive overview of this field, conveying cutting edge research in an accessible way whilst giving detailed grounding in the evolution of past debates on mobilities. It illustrates disciplinary trends and pathways, from migration studies and transport history to communications research, featuring methodological innovations and developments and conceptual histories - from feminist theory to tourist studies. It explores the dominant figures of mobility, from children to soldiers and the mobility impaired; the disparate materialities of mobility such as flows of water and waste to the vectors of viruses; key infrastructures such as logistics systems to the informal services of megacity slums, and the important mobility events around which our world turns; from going on vacation to the commute, to the catastrophic disruption of mobility systems.
The text is forward-thinking, projecting the future of mobilities as they might be lived, transformed and studied, and possibly, brought to an end. International in focus, the book transcends disciplinary and national boundaries to explore mobilities as they are understood from different perspectives, different fields, countries and standpoints.
This is an invaluable resource for all those with an interest in mobility across disciplinary boundaries and areas of study.
"The interdisciplinary field of mobility studies has expanded exponentially over the last years as the scholars included in this invaluable handbook have transformed the discussion of technology, transportation, communication, geography, and travel in the post-colonial context of war, globalization, and urbanization. This text offers a creative yet practical approach to the dynamic subjects and objects of a world of moving parts to provide insights into the terms and concepts of mobilities today." - Caren Kaplan, Professor, American Studies, UC Davis
"…this book provides an all-encompassing collection intended to provide encyclopædic coverage of mobility, its effects, and conceptual dilemmas for the social system. One of the strengths of the collection is the discussion about the extent to which mobilities may create a new cosmology for lay people and social scientists."– Maximiliano E. Korstanje, Department of Economics, University of Palermo, published in Annals of Tourism Research
Introduction Peter Adey, David Bissell, Kevin Hannam, Peter Merriman and Mimi Sheller Section One: Genealogies, Philosophies, Approaches 1. Geography and Transport 2. Mobilities and Transport History Colin Divall 3. Sociology After the Mobilities Turn Mimi Sheller 4. Anthropology Noel Salazar 5. Migration Studies Anne-Marie Fortier 6. Tourist Studies Adrian Franklin 7. Queer Theory Natalie Oswin 8. Feminism and Gender Georgine Clarsen Section Two: Qualities 9. Friction Tim Cresswell 10. Slowness and Deceleration Phillip Vannini 11. Distance and Proximity Jonas Larsen 12. Net Locality Adriana De Souza E Silva and Eric Gordon 13. Ethics and Responsibilities Malene Freudendal-Pedersen 14. Times Glenn Lyons 15. Rhythm and Arrythmia Tim Edensor 16. Enthusiasm Allison Hui Section Three: Spaces, Systems, Infrastructures 17. Logistics Deborah E. Cowen 18. Roads Peter Merriman 19. Queue Gillian Fuller 20. Railways Peter Thomas 21. Pipes and Cables Derek Mccormack 22. Locative Media Jason Farman 23. Walking Phone Workers Lisa Parks 24. Informal Infrastructures Colin Mcfarlane and Alex Vasudevan Section Four: Materialities 25. Water 26. Food Sebastian Abrahamsson and Annemarie Mol 27. Waste Dan Swanton 28. Viruses Stephanie Lavau 29. Postcards Esther Milne 30. Bicycles Zack Furness 31. Carbon Matthew Paterson 32. Passports Section Five: Subjects 33. Tourist Scott Mccabe 34. Soldier Rachel Woodward and Neil Jenkings 35. Drivers and Passengers Tim Dant 36. The Executive James Faulconbridge 37. Diseased Roger Keil 38. Elders Juliana Mansvelt 39. Impaired Kim Sawchuck 40. Child Clare Holdsworth 41. Loiterer JD Dewsbury Section Six: Events 42. Holidays Orvar Lofgren 43. The Commute Rachel Aldred 44. Congestion Melissa Butcher 45. Disruptions Stephen Graham 46. Sidewalks Nicholas Blomley 47. Habits David Bissell 48. Capturing Motion Eric Laurier Section Seven: Methodologies 49. Histories 50. Mappings Martin Dodge 51. Photography Debbie Lisle 52. Video Paul Simpson 53. New Technologies Jennie Germann Molz 54. Semiotics Ole B. Jensen 55. Policies Cristina Temenos and Eugene Mccann Epilogue: Oil, The American Suburbs And The Future Of Mobility John Urry
Peter Adey is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. His research interests are located at the intersections of space, mobility and security and he is the author of several books including Mobility (Routledge, 2009).
David Bissell is Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. His research examines how different forms of travel, from international air travel to urban commuting, are generating new forms of subjectivity, new political formations and new sensory configurations of contemporary life. He is co-editor of Stillness in a Mobile World (Routledge, 2011).
Kevin Hannam is Professor of Tourism Mobilities at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. With John Urry and Mimi Sheller he is a founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities. He is the co-author of the recent books Understanding Tourism and Tourism and India. He is currently collaborating on a research project on walking, art and landscape.
Peter Merriman is Reader in Human Geography at Aberystwyth University. He is author of Mobility, Space and Culture (2012) and Driving Spaces (2007), and co-edited Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects (2011) with Tim Cresswell. He is an Associate Editor of Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, and on the editorial board of Mobilities.
Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. She is the author or editor of 7 books, including the forthcoming Aluminum Dreams: Lightness, Speed, Modernity (MIT Press, 2014). She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities and Associate Editor of Transfers.