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Against Automobility

Against Automobility

Steffen Bohm (Editor), Campbell Jones (Editor), Chris Land (Editor), Matthew Paterson (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-15270-9

Nov 2006

268 pages

Select type: Paperback

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Description

Despite its promise of freedom and autonomy, the ubiquity of the automobile has influenced unforeseen ecological, social, and political change. In Against Automobility, a panel of distinguished scholars take a critical look at the contradiction of the automobile.

  • A critical account of the impact of the car on society, which is both liberated by and reliant upon motor vehicles.
  • Written by a panel of distinguished scholars from varying disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Examines automobility's effect on environmental, social, and political issues.
  • Will be of interest to those whose research focuses on geography, politics, consumption and cultural studies, critical theory, and the sociology of objects and everyday life.
Part One: Conceptualising Automobility.

1. Impossibilities of Automobility: Steffen Böhm, Campbell Jones, Chris Land and Matthew Paterson.

2. Inhabiting the Car: John Urry.

3. Driving the Social: Joanna Latimer and Rolland Munro.

Part Two: Governing Automobility.

4. Transport: Disciplining the Body that Travels: Jennifer Bonham.

5. ‘Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre’: Assembling and Governing the Motorway Driver In Late Fifties Britain: Peter Merriman.

6. Quantifying Automobility: Speed, ‘Zero Tolerance’ and Democracy: Per-Anders Forstorp.

7. Automobility and the Liberal Disposition: Sudir Chella Rajan.

Part Three: Representing Automobility.

8. No Literal Connection: Images of Mass Commodification, US Militarism, and the Oil Industry, in The Big Lebowski: David Martin-Jones.

9. The Mimetics of Mobile Capital: Nicole Shukin.

10. Traffic, Desire, Modernism: The Hermaphrodite Singer and Beyond: Andrew Thacker.

Part Four: After Automobility.

11. Virtual Automobility: Two Ways To Get a Life: J. Hillis Miller.

12. Bicycle Messengers and the Road to Freedom: Ben Fincham.

13. “Always Crashing in the Same Car”: A Head-On Collision with the Machinic Phylum: Mark Dery.


  • A critical account of the impact of the car on society, which is both liberated by and reliant upon motor vehicles.
  • Written by a panel of distinguished scholars from varying disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Examines automobility's effect on environmental, social, and political issues.
  • Will be of interest to those whose research focuses on geography, politics, consumption and cultural studies, critical theory, and the sociology of objects and everyday life.