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Mobility

  • By: Euan Hague & Michael Christopher Armstrong
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The concept of mobility brings together human characteristics of identity and power with a dynamic understanding of space, place, and change. Different mobilities are shaped by different geographies, by the varying types of spaces people move through (e.g., public or private, urban or rural, real or virtual), and by a range of factors from cultural norms to modern security and immigration controls. Further influences include access to the means of mobility, be they cars, computers, bikes, or pavements, and the varying ability to be mobile, based on age, sex, body type, and other components of identity. Mobility is constructed in relationship to relative immobility, or what are sometimes termed moorings, locations where mobility appears temporarily abated. Yet as absolute immobility is all but impossible, the ...

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