Aerial Life: Spaces, Mobilities, Affects
May 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
This theoretically informed research explores what the development and transformation of air travel has meant for societies and individuals.
- Brings together a number of interdisciplinary approaches towards the aeroplane and its relation to society
- Presents an original theory that our societies are aerial societies, or 'aerealities', and shows how we are both enabled and threatened by aerial mobility
- Features a series of detailed international case studies which map the history of aviation over the past century - from the promises of early flight, to World War II bombing campaigns, and to the rise of international terrorism today
- Demonstrates the transformational capacity of air transport to shape societies, bodies and individual identities
- Offers startling historical evidence and bold new ideas about
how the social and material spaces of the aeroplane are considered
in the modern era
Series Editors' Preface.
Powering Up Aerial Geographies.
The Organization of the Book.
Part I: Becoming Aerial.
2. Birth of the Aerial Body.
'Handsome Is as Handsome Does': Disassembling the Aerial Body.
The Flesh of the Aerial Youth.
3. The Projection and Performance of Airspace.
Building a Political Space: Identity, Boundedness and the Sanctity of Territory.
Undoing Aerial Space: Post-nationalism and Projective Power.
Part II: Governing Aerial Life.
4. Aerial Views: Bodies, Borders and Biopolitics.
Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Targeting, Administering and Managing
Techniques of the Observer/Observed.
5. Profiling Machines.
Imagining the Pilot/Passenger.
Part III: Aerial Aggression.
6. Aerial Environments.
The Emergence of a Target.
Systems, Circulations and Ecological Warfare.
7. Subjects under Siege.
The Anatomy of Panic.
Imaginations and Urgencies.
Vigilance and the Social as Circuit.
“These books could serve as a starting point from which to further develop this concept of aerial space and how it fits with or challenges other theories of space that are emerging in geography and the social sciences more broadly, such as those drawing on network and complexity theory.” (The AAG Review of Books, 1 March 2014)''Peter Adey is a clear, strong, inventive, unique voice in human geography. In Aerial Life, he brings together a fascinating set of theoretical concerns and empirical cases in his inimitable style, with a gravity of purpose and a lightness of touch that makes for an incredibly rich book.'
—Mark B. Salter, University of Ottawa
‘By extending critical human geography to the complex
verticalities of airspace, Peter Adey offers a vitally important
riposte to the long neglect of aerial cultural politics in the
social sciences. Aerial Life is a brilliant tour de force.
Incisive, comprehensive, fresh and, above all, topical - this is
the book which can guide us as we address the geographies of the
—Stephen Graham, Newcastle University
"He presents a compelling study of the processes involved in the social and psychological shaping of what he calls "the aerial subject." (Times Literary Supplement, 15 October 2010)