After the Car
June 2009, Polity
- Global warming and its many global consequences
- Peaking of oil supplies
- Increased digitisation of many aspects of economic and social life
- Massive global population increases
The authors look at changes in technology, policy, economy and society, and make a convincing argument for a future where, by necessity, the present car system will be re-designed and re-engineered.
Yet the book also suggests that there are some hugely bleak dilemmas facing the twenty first century. The authors lay out what they consider to be possible 'post-car' future scenarios. These they describe as 'local sustainability', 'regional warlordism' and 'digital networks of control'.
After The Car will be of great interest to planners, policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, those working in industry, as well as general readers.
Some have described the 20th Century as the century of the car. Now that century has come to a close – and things are about to change.
1 Changing Climates 1
2 The Century of the Car 27
3 Systems 47
4 Technologies 62
5 Organizations 93
6 Models 109
7 Scenarios 131
John Urry, Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University
- A provocative exploration of a possible future without the car,
from two leading sociologists.
- Examines the impact of global warming, global population
increases and the peaking of oil supplies, among other things, on
the future of how we travel.
- Argues that there will come a time in the future where, by
necessity, the present car system will be ‘re-designed’
- After The Car will interest sociologists, policy makers, industry, as well as the general reader. It will be of interest to every ‘car user’.
Journal of Sociology
"Dennis and Urry exhibit a refreshing understanding of the sheer
inefficiency and inconvenience of cars."
Lynsey Hanley, The Guardian
"One great aspect of this book is that it manages to build some
possible and realistic view of the future without neglecting its
unpredictability. After the Car is a very inspiring book
that we would recommend to all people interested in the future of
transportation systems – especially those convinced by the
importance of carfree perspectives in building it."
"One of the toughest things to do is to anticipate
discontinuity, to envisage a world - a life - beyond the car. The
authors practice this art of the impossible in a fascinating way,
opening up the social and sociological imagination for alternative
paths of modernization."
Ulrich Beck, University of Munich
"A persuasive and readable summary of why motoring as we know it is doomed. The authors systematically chart the new technologies, oil shortages, environmental and other pressures changing the way we travel and the world we live in. If you want to know what the future might look like, this book is for you. Jeremy Clarkson is an endangered species!"
Steven Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport
"After the Car is a useful contribution to the debate about the role of the car which poses some interesting questions about its future."
Tony Bosworth, Friends of the Earth