On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - History - 340 pages
On the Move presents a rich history of one of the key concepts of modern life: mobility. Increasing mobility has been a constant throughout the modern era, evident in mass car ownership, plane travel, and the rise of the Internet. Typically, people have equated increasing mobility with increasing freedom. However, as Cresswell shows, while mobility has certainly increased in modern times, attempts to control and restrict mobility are just as characteristic of modernity. Through a series of fascinating historical episodes Cresswell shows how mobility and its regulation have been central to the experience of modernity.
 

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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 (2012)

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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