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Regardless of its promise of freedom and autonomy, the ubiquity of the auto has motivated unexpected ecological, social, and political switch. In opposed to Automobility, a panel of exotic students take a serious examine the contradiction of the automobile.
A severe account of the effect of the automobile on society, that is either liberated through and reliant upon motor vehicles.
Written via a panel of exceptional students from various disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.
Examines automobility's influence on environmental, social, and political issues.
- can be of curiosity to these whose learn makes a speciality of geography, politics, intake and cultural experiences, severe concept, and the sociology of gadgets and way of life.
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Notional ‘powers’ of the car are manifold, but include their ability to: 1) enlist spokespersons to lobby for cheaper petrol and even more road building; 2) excite people into diverse behaviours like those of boy racers or road ragers; 3) close off large areas of the land and city to all who are not properly equipped. Given our earlier discussion of the money system, and its extrusion of barter, the social body of the car can be made more visible by attending to all that the car system extrudes.
Words for the most part but also gestures, drawings, musical sounds, mechanical devices like clocks, or natural objects like jewels – anything in fact that is disengaged from its mere actuality and used to impose meaning upon experience. (Geertz, 1993: 45) In this way, reading significance off materials, as Douglas and Isherwood (1980), among others, have explicated, is all part of expressing identity and making displays of belonging. Within extension, however, the argument is quite different from the more simplistic notion of artefacts ‘expressing’ identity and the like (see also Munro, 2005).
We need not of course, with Habermas, suggest that there ever was, or could be, a pure life-world that stands outside of, or is unadulterated by systems. 9 Following Levi-Strauss’ opposition between societies that are anthropoemic and those that are anthropophagic, Bauman (2001: 24) clarifies the ‘emic’ and the ‘phagic’ as a contrast between societies based on ingestion and assimilation, 46 © The Editorial Board of the Sociological Review 2006 Driving the social and those based on vomiting and annihilation.