Car Troubles: Critical Studies of Automobilityby Jim Conley
Pub. Date: 08/01/2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Car Troubles central premise is that the car as the dominant mode of travel needs to be problematized. It examines a wide range of issues that are central to automobility by situating it within social, economic, and political contexts, and by combining social theory, specific case studies and policy-oriented analysis. With an international team of contributors the book provides a coherent and comprehensive analysis of the global phenomenon of automobility from the Anglo world to the cases in China and Chile and all the elements that relate to it.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction, Jim Conley and Arlene Tigar McLaren; Part 1 Cultures of Automobility: T-bucket terrors to respectable rebels: hot rodders and drag racers in Vancouver BC, 1948-1965, Catharine Genovese; Automobile advertisements: the magical and the mundane, Jim Conley; SUV advertising: constructing identities and practices, Fiona McLean; Bad impressions: the will to concrete and the projectile economy of cities, Derek Simons. Part 2 Risk and Regulation: The safety race: transitions to the 4th age of the automobile, David MacGregor; Implementing restraint: automobile safety and the US debate over technological and social fixes, Jameson M. Wetmore; 'Mind that child': childhood, traffic and walking in automobilized space, Damian Collins, Catherine Bean and Robin Kearns. Part 3 Inevitable Automobility?: The politics of mobility: de-essentializing automobility and contesting urban space, Jason Henderson; The Chilean way to modernity: private roads, fast cars, neoliberal bodies, Ricardo Trumper and Patricia Tomic; Driven to drive: cars and the problem of 'compulsory consumption', Dennis Soron. Part 4 Beyond the Car: Mobility as a positional good: implications for transport policy and planning, Todd Litman; The global intensification of motorization and its impacts on urban social ecologies, George Martin; Post-car mobilities, Kingsley Dennis and John Urry; Index.
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