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Advanced Introduction to Mobilities

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Advanced Introduction to Mobilities

9781788979580 Edward Elgar Publishing
Mimi Sheller, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology, Drexel University, US
Publication Date: March 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78897 958 0 Extent: c 160 pp
Leading mobilities theorist Mimi Sheller offers an up-to-date, comprehensive analysis of the complex mobility disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath in this timely Advanced Introduction. It outlines the formation of the interdisciplinary field of mobility studies, arguing that mobilities theory is crucial to planning post-pandemic recovery, sustainable communities, and low-carbon transitions. From tourism to migration to urban infrastructure, to informal and reproductive mobilities, Sheller reveals how multiple im/mobilities are interconnected, as the novel coronavirus reminds us as it hitchhikes across the globe through its human hosts.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

Leading mobilities theorist Mimi Sheller offers an up-to-date, comprehensive analysis of the complex mobility disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath in this timely Advanced Introduction. It outlines the formation of the interdisciplinary field of mobility studies, arguing that mobilities theory is crucial to planning post-pandemic recovery, sustainable communities, and low-carbon transitions. From tourism to migration to urban infrastructure, to informal and reproductive mobilities, Sheller reveals how multiple im/mobilities are interconnected, as the novel coronavirus reminds us as it hitchhikes across the globe through its human hosts.
 
Key features:
 
• Centres mobility justice as a key topic throughout, revealing the vast inequities in im/mobilities, structured by gender, race and nationality

• Challenges existing approaches to social science, calling for the extension of critical mobility studies to address complex contemporary challenges

• Offers up-to-date analysis of key policy programs such as the Green New Deal, and a comparative analysis of differing visions of alternative mobilities futures.
 
This innovative Advanced Introduction will be a beneficial read for students and scholars of mobilities research, tourism studies, migration studies, human geography, urban studies and sustainability.

Critical Acclaim
‘The “new mobilities paradigm” was announced 15 years ago. Here, one of the main figures in the development and phenomenal rise of mobilities work across the social sciences and humanities accounts for its progress since then, and shows why work on mobilities has never been more crucial for our understanding of the modern world. Linking low carbon transitions to social justice, tourism to migration, and the present to possible futures, there is no better summary of the state of the art than this.’
– Tim Cresswell, University of Edinburgh, UK

‘Once again, Mimi Sheller has succeeded in considering the mobile world in innovative and eye-opening ways. Sharp and precise social science at its best. This book is a milestone in mobilities research and critical theoretical thinking and makes progress in understanding the hopefully soon to come post-pandemic world.’
– Sven Kesselring, Nuertingen-Geislingen University (HfWU), Germany

‘Be forewarned. This amazing book is not just for budding scholars new to mobility studies, despite the title’s introductory nomenclature. In addition to laying out the history of the inter-disciplinary field of critical mobility studies, Advanced Introduction to Mobilities offers an original and provocative way of reframing collective knowledge on the origins and effects of contemporary mobility transitions. Sheller not only ties her “radical re-thinking of the relation between bodies, movement, and space” to contemporary shifts in travel and movement associated with the pandemic, as well as other disruptions. She links these developments to ongoing political and philosophical debates about sustainability and the future of our planet. With both analytical rigor and projective aspirations, this book makes clear what is at stake in terms of mobility justice and how we might achieve it, despite the multi-scalar spatial formations and power relations that threaten to impede such priorities. Whether new to such debates or committed to their epistemological evolution in response to the societal shocks that continue to transform mobilities on a global scale, this book is an essential companion for the journey.’
– Diane E. Davis, Harvard University, US
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