Part 1 Mobile worlds.
1. Mobilizing social life.
2. ‘Mobile’ theories and methods.
3. The mobilities paradigm.
Part 2 Moving and communicating.
4. Pavements and Paths.
5. ‘Public’ trains.
6. Inhabiting cars and roads.
7. Flying around.
8. Connecting and imagining.
Part 3 Societies and systems on the move.
9. Gates to heaven and hell.
13. Systems and dark futures.
-- Ulrich Beck, University of Munich
"John Urry has made the study of mobility into the key to the study of modern life. Using this key, in this book he not only casts fresh light on various aspects of modernity but also massively extends the reach of sociological and cultural analysis as he does so. A seminal contribution."
-- Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick
"This is both an important book and a great book. It's an important book because individualized mobility is becoming the most important social trend of the developed world. It is a great book because it deals smartly, comprehensively, and systematically with how this mobility takes place."
-- Barry Wellman, University of Toronto
- Ground-breaking new book by John Urry outlining what he calls the ‘new mobilities paradigm’ for the social sciences
- An analysis of different mobilities, or ways of movement, both historically and in the present
- Argues that the social world will be analysed differently once peoples’ lives, organisations, states and global institutions are seen to be dealing with extensive and hugely contested mobility processes
- Clearly written using many modern examples and references to literary works
- Powerful and persuasive, this book will appeal to students and scholars across the social sciences and humanities