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Urry, John

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ISBN 10: 0745634192 / ISBN 13: 9780745634197
Published by Polity Press, U.S.A., 2007
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Title: Mobilities

Publisher: Polity Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

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Issues of movement - of people, things, information and ideas - arecentral to people's lives and to most organisations. From oil warsto SMS texting, from airport expansion controversies to the declineof walking, from slave-trading to global terrorism, from globalwarming to teleworking, issues of 'mobility' are centre-stage uponmany academic and policy agendas. These topics and issues areincreasingly analysed as part of a concern with 'mobility' whichthis wide-ranging book both describes and seeks to develop.

John Urry has been at the centre of these debates and he draws uponan extensive array of new research and material to develop what hecalls the 'new mobilities paradigm' for the social sciences. Heshows how this paradigm makes comprehensible social phenomena whichwere previously opaque. He examines how 'mobilities' eachpresuppose a 'system' that permits predictable and relativelyrisk-free repetition. The book outlines various such systems andthen analyses their intersecting implications for socialinequality, for social networks and meetings, for the nature ofplaces and for alternative mobility futures.

Mobilities is thus both an analysis of different mobilitieshistorically and in the present and an argument that the socialworld will be analysed quite differently once peoples' lives,organisations, states and global institutions are seen to bedealing with extensive and hugely contested mobility processes.This book rewrites social science through a mobilities paradigm.

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John Urry (1946-2016) was Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University

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