Mobility - flows, movement and migration in social life - has emerged as a central area of sociological debate, yet one of its most dominant forms, automobility, has remained largely ignored. Edited by three leading social analysts, Automobilities presents one of the first and most wide-ranging examinations of the car and its promise of autonomy and mobility. Drawing on rich empirical detail, from ethnographies of office work on the motorway to the important of the car in French cultural theory, the contributions demonstrate just how significant have been the economic, technological, social and political consequences of a pervasive and accelerating culture of the car. A broad array of theories are put to work to illuminate this vast and yet neglected topic: strategy and tactics, complexity theory, performativity, actor network theory, film theory, material culture, theories of non-places, embodiment, sensuous geography/sociology, ethnomethodology and non-representational theory. This book will firmly establish automobilities as a key topic for theory and research. Automobilities represents a landmark text that will contribute to and provide a significant impetus for the emerging analysis of mobilities in contemporary societies.

Mobility and Safety

Mobility and safety

THIS ARTICLE may be seen as something of an exercise in traffic safety. It seeks to generate new insight into road traffic accidents by disentangling both the internal elements and the social context of what has been called the ‘car-driver hybrid’ (Sheller and Urry, 2000). By exploring the ways of this hybrid, from the road into the spread-sheets of safety scientists, the article offers a critical take on the art of designing road safety. More importantly still, it seeks to contribute to social studies of transport and mobility through development of analytical concepts within the discipline, as well as to stress the importance of its role in contemporary sociology. The exercise is made up of three steps each comprising a ...

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