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The Mobilities Paradox

A Critical Analysis

Maximiliano E. Korstanje

The theory of mobilities has gained great recognition and traction over recent decades, illustrating not only the influence of mobilities in daily life but also the rise and expansion of globalization worldwide. But what if this sense of mobilities is in fact an ideological bubble that provides the illusion of freedom whilst limiting our mobility or even keeping us immobile? This book reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the mobilities paradigm and in doing so constructs a bridge between Marxism and Cultural theory.
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Chapter 6: The life of Mary and Roger

A Critical Analysis

Maximiliano E. Korstanje

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This chapter was written in an informal way, likely spotlighting my own ethnographies in Bragado City, a small city located in Provincial de Buenos Aires, Argentina. It describes the case of Roger and Mary, an elderly couple who made the decision to purchase a car. Although they gained in mobilities with the passing of years, they were unable to pay the insurance and the costs of maintenance. Against this backdrop, this case study reveals the dichotomies and problems of mobilities applied beyond the boundaries of the First World. The notion of risk plays a vital role configuring not only the social background of capitalist societies but serves as an ideological narrative to discipline the global south.

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