Stuck Fast: A Critical Analysis of the 'New Mobilities Paradigm'

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dc.contributor.advisor Matthewman, S en McAllister, Janet en 2011-12-14T19:19:34Z en 2011 en
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dc.description.abstract In the past decade, a number of mostly European social scientists have drawn together several areas of study such as migration, tourism and transport under the heading ‘mobilities’. This ‘new mobilities paradigm’ has achieved institutional recognition in the form of dedicated academic units, its own journal and numerous mobilities-themed conferences. This thesis critically examines the theoretical foundations and research scope of this discourse, arguing that there are serious problems with key mobility theory, including: confusion between literal and metaphorical mobility; confusion between mobility and motility; a silence on the relationship between what is termed ‘mobility’ and ‘immobility’; a thin historicisation and strong fatalism about present transport systems; and a mismatch between mobilities advocates’ broad stated interests and their actual narrow focus on individual human displacement which uses powered technological artefacts. These weak points have political consequences, stripping agency out of the equation and valorising displacement via powered technology as an end in itself, rather than as a means to an end. The effect is the freezing of history into a moment where individual ‘autonomous’ travel is considered to be an enormously high priority for all individuals. Existing power structures are thus supported, with no consideration of their economic, social and environmental consequences, nor of their sustainability. The mobilities discourse is revealed as a component of a ‘global mobility regime’, which controls movement and non-movement, and, in spite of rhetoric to the contrary, reinforces already entrenched high levels of inequality. en
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dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99224546414002091 en
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dc.title Stuck Fast: A Critical Analysis of the 'New Mobilities Paradigm' en
dc.type Thesis en Sociology en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.elements-id 260937 en Medical and Health Sciences en Nursing en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-12-15 en

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