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July 2005 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

Mike Featherstone
John Urry
The 'System' of Automobility
Nigel Thrift
Driving in the City
Tim Dant
The Driver-Car
Jörg Beckmann
Mobility and Safety
Tim Edensor
Automobility and National Identity
Representation, Geography and Driving Practice

Rudy J Koshar
Cars and Nations
Anglo-German Perspectives on Automobility Between the World Wars

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

David Gartman
Three Ages of the Automobile
The Cultural Logics of the Car

David Inglis
Auto Couture
Thinking the Car in Post-War France

Mimi Sheller
Automotive Emotions
Feeling the Car

Michael Bull
Automobility and the Power of Sound
Eric Laurier
Doing Officework on the Motorway

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