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Regardless of its promise of freedom and autonomy, the ubiquity of the auto has motivated unexpected ecological, social, and political swap. In opposed to Automobility, a panel of special students take a severe examine the contradiction of the automobile.
A severe account of the effect of the auto on society, that is either liberated through and reliant upon motor vehicles.
Written by means of a panel of distinctive students from various disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.
Examines automobility's impression on environmental, social, and political issues.
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Yet the process of attaching (and detaching) ourselves to some specific materials (and therefore not to other materials) does more than make ‘visible’ identities already available to self and others. The relations brought into view are motile, the ‘worlds’ they create depending in turn on how, and when, different materials are attached, or detached (Latimer, 1997; 1999; 2001; 2004; Munro, 1996b; 1999; Palli, 2004). At one moment, for example, people might ‘figure’ themselves as family, the parent, say, reading the school report of the child, the © The Editorial Board of the Sociological Review 2006 39 Joanna Latimer and Rolland Munro next moment they may reappear as friends, clinking glasses to celebrate appearing together in a school debate.
Although there are good reasons for regarding the car (and all its associated parts) as a culture, few grounds have yet been offered for thinking in the more holistic terms made familiar by Durkheim. What is missing from the automobility thesis is an argument that does not just rely on associating the car with 38 © The Editorial Board of the Sociological Review 2006 Driving the social a particular form of culture; one that merely includes, as if in passing, practices of exclusion. Our contention is that automobility can only be understood as ‘the car system’ if its capacity to affect people and incorporate them can be made explicit.
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