Spaces of Mobility: The Planning, Ethics, Engineering and Religion of Human Motion

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Conflicts surrounding modern human mobility are more than one hundred years old, and are deeply connected to the history of modernization and globalization. The multidisciplinary contributions in this volume do not offer one single theory or methodology for mobility studies, but are instead meant to promote the development of overarching approaches in the future. The first section contains reflections on the socio-political, environmental, and ethical aspects of mobility, where hypermobility causes serious and deep damage to social planning, and in doing so, creates an explosive challenge to democracy. Through its enormous energy consumption, hypermobility also produces problematic impacts on local and global natural environments, which makes it necessary to refocus the analysis of attitudes towards mobility patterns. From an ethical perspective, mobility represents a marginal but still crucial challenge to reflect on why and how modern modes of transport emerge, are preserved and could or could not be transformed. The second section emphasises the interaction between surroundings, artefacts and the individual. Taking the theory of ecological psychology as their point of departure, the contributions to this section focus on the understanding of the human person as an integrated embodied mind in the environment. They highlight the ways in which modes of technologically based movement affect the identity of mobile humans, and they discuss how global mobility affects the self-understanding and moral identity of human beings with regard to their existential embeddedness in place. The final section focuses on the sociological differentiation of the landscape of mobility. A focus on the specific conditions, situations and practices of immigrants, children and elderly in technically constructed and socially negotiated traffic and transport systems offers a picture that is not normally a part of political processes. Focussing on differences between human beings makes it necessary to question ideologies, practices and designs of contemporary transport systems. All contributions have been produced by the authors in the context of an inter- and transdisciplinary research project at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology from 2003-2006, titled Technical Spaces of Mobility Human ecological perspectives on human space and motion in aesthetic and ethical horizons.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845533403
  • Publisher: Acumen Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/31/2008
  • Pages: 296

Table of Contents

List of illustrations and tables

1 The beauty of speed or the cross of mobility? Introductory reflections on the aesth/ethics of space, justice and motion Sigurd Bergmann Bergmann, Sigurd 1

2 Hypermobility and the forecast-free planning of society Tore Sager Sager, Tore 31

3 'Green' attitudes and sustainable household consumption of energy and transport: six conditions that improve attitude-behaviour consistency Erling Holden Holden, Erling 59

4 Travelling as pilgrimage: ecotheological contributions to mobility ethics Anders Melin Melin, Anders 81

5 The bodily basis of control in technically aided movement Kjell Ivar Overgard Overgard, Kjell Ivar Cato Alexander Bjorkli Bjorkli, Cato Alexander Thomas Hoff Hoff, Thomas 101

6 What modes of moving do to me - reflections on technogenic processes of identification David Kronlid Kronlid, David 125

7 Global vagabonds, place and the self: the existential dimension of mobility Peter Nynas Nynas, Peter 155

8 Mobility: discourses from the non-Western immigrant groups in Norway Tanu Priya Uteng Uteng, Tanu Priya 177

9 Inclusive mobility: participation, physical barriers and the concept of universal design Liv Rakel Ovstedal Ovstedal, Liv Rakel 205

10 Freedom as mobility: implications of the distinction between actual and potential travelling Tore Sager Sager, Tore 243

Index 269

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