Chapter 6: Mobile my spaces: Home in cars, working vehicles and contrasting dwelling for backpackers in campervans and homeless car sleepers
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Mobile spaces are created within vehicles as work, and private and touring vehicles. The ways in which home is practised in these spaces is explored through Urry’s notion of dwelling as bound up with mobility and networks. From the private car for mobile commuters to the tradesman’s ute and van and the proliferation of cheap campervans for backpacker mobility, motor vehicles allow an intimacy and sociality that is like home. Motor vehicles permit an extra dimension to the self and home that we can travel with and that can seem effortless and trouble free. Much has been written about the cinematic time created by the car in which the driver is an observer passing through within a private cinema where the scenery is chosen in the touristic sense. Backpackers are able to make the camper home and indulge in the landscape in this sense, with extensive networks supporting them on their way. Meanwhile, in contrast, car sleepers who are able to survive by living in a vehicle, disconnected from supports and having difficulty finding places to park, do not necessarily feel at home. Location and connection in bell hooks’s sense are crucial to home. Keywords: mobile space, motor vehicles, cars, home, space and place, location, mobilities

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