Automobilities by Mike Featherstone, Nigel Thrift, John Urry

By Mike Featherstone, Nigel Thrift, John Urry

Mobility — flows, move and migration in social lifestyles — has emerged as a significant region of sociological debate, but considered one of its such a lot dominant kinds, automobility, has remained mostly neglected. Edited by way of 3 prime social analysts, Automobilities offers one of many first and so much wide-ranging examinations of the auto and its promise of autonomy and mobility. Drawing on wealthy empirical aspect, from ethnographies of paperwork at the highway to the $64000 of the auto in French cultural idea, the contributions exhibit simply how major were the industrial, technological, social and political effects of a pervasive and accelerating tradition of the car.

A wide array of theories are placed to paintings to light up this sizeable and but overlooked subject: method and strategies, complexity thought, performativity, actor community concept, movie conception, fabric tradition, theories of non-places, embodiment, sensuous geography/sociology, ethnomethodology and non-representational theory.

This booklet will firmly identify automobilities as a key subject for concept and learn. Automobilities represents a landmark textual content that may give a contribution to and supply an important impetus for the rising research of mobilities in modern societies.

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Linear models are now savaged both by theorists of non-linear dynamics ( Capra, 1996, 200 1 ; Nicolis, 1995; Prigogine, 1997) and by empirical l y oriented sociologists (see Abbott's tirade against 'genera lised l inear reality'; 2001). 'Path-dependence' shows that the ordering of events or processes through time very significantly influences the non-linear ways in which they eventual l y turn out decades or even centuries l ater. Hence, according to Abbott 'time matters' (2001). Path­ dependence is thus a process model in which systems develop irreversibly through a 'lock-in', but with only certain small causes being necessary to prompt their initiation, as with the contingent design of the QWERTY keyboard or the unpredictable origins of the petrol-based car (Arthur, 1994; Mahoney, 2000: 535-6).

Just as the Internet and the mobik phone came from 'nowhere', so the tipping point towards the 'post-car' will emerge unpredictably. 7 And this will have happellf'd by the f'nd of th is century. Pred icting whf'11 f'xactly this will happen is i mpossi blf', although this articl e has argued that the categories of complf'xity arf' thf' lVay to examine how such possi­ b i l i ties may develop and interseL"l, and how a system that sef'ms utterly intractable now may one day j u st turn OVf'r and d if' .

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