Edited by Robin Hickman, Moshe Givoni, David Bonilla and David Banister
Chapter 31: More than A to B: cultures of mobilities and travel
In this chapter the underpinning idea is that mobility is more than movement from A to B. Or in the language of transportation research; mobility is more than a ‘derived demand’. The analytical and theoretical perspective claiming such an understanding is located within the broadly defined and cross-disciplinary ‘mobilities turn’ that has emerged within the social sciences during the past decade or so. The chapter will present key ideas from this field in juxtaposition to transportation research. Transport may be about movement from A to B, but ‘mobilities’ will take us beyond this and into the realm of culture, norms, emotions, and the like. The chapter will put emphasis on the dimensions of identity formation, social interaction, and cultural production as important but less explored areas of transportation research. However, the chapter does not claim that these cultural dimensions have been neglected all together by transportation research, nor that everything coming out of the ‘mobilities turn’ is new and completely unknown to transportation research. Rather the relationship is seen as a ‘two-way street’, where both perspectives have something to learn from each other. The chapter will illustrate this by reference to specific examples of research oscillating between urban transportation and mobilities research.
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