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.

Driving Places: Marc Augé, Non-Places, and the Geographies of England's M1 Motorway

Driving places: Marc augé, non-places, and the geographies of England's M1 motorway

First, to put our human movements into context, remember that this car trundling so mundanely up the M1 (while we argue with Melvyn Bragg on the radio) through the sunshine or the slush and spray is moving, so minutely it seems once the perspective is changed, on an earth that is itself spinning in a wobbly fashion upon its axis. … All movement, as they say, is relative. And second, of course, remember that in the midst of all of this we each stand (or, better, travel) in a different place.

(Massey, 2000: 227)

IN DESCRIBING the spacings produced by her journey to work, ...

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