On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World

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On the Move presents a rich history of one of the key concepts of modern life: mobility. As Tim Cresswell shows, while mobility has greatly increased in modern times, attempts to control and restrict it are just as characteristic of modernity. On the Move utilizes an impressive variety of angles to explore the increasing social and physical mobility of people over the past 150 years as well as efforts to restrict it: international migration, stop-motion photography, automobile culture, the time-motion studies of Frederick Winslow Taylor, the Los Angeles bus riders' strike of the late 1990s, the new mobilities fostered by European Union integration, and the plight of New Orleans residents unable to move when Hurricane Katrina struck.
 

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Contents

An Interpretive Framework
1
Chapter 2 The Metaphysics of Fixity and Flow
25
Mobility and Meaning in the Photography of Eadweard Muybridge and EtienneJules Marey
57
Chapter 4 The Production of Mobility in the Workplace and the Home
85
Producing Mobility on the Dance Floor
123
Chapter 6 Mobility Rights and Citizenship in the United States
147
Chapter 7 Producing Immigrant Mobilities
175
Entangled Mobilities in the Suffrage Politics of Florence Luscomb and Margaret Foley 19111915
195
Chapter 9 The Production of Mobilities at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam
219
Epilogue
259
Notes
267
Bibliography
303
Index
321
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About the author (2006)

Tim Cresswell is Professor of Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. A noted scholar, Cresswell has published three respected books thus far (with Minnesota, Reaktion and Blackwell), and On the Move has already garnered a glowing review from John Urry of the University of Lancaster. Urry stated that it will become a standard book in the field.

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