Im/mobilities in the 21st Century


May 01 2017 - May 01 2017

Over a decade after the introduction of the “new mobilities paradigm” by Sheller and Urry (2006), which explained the increasing im/mobility within social institutions and practices and their implications in shaping uneven terrains, this issue seeks to reconsider the concept of mobility as an interpretive framework. Mobility—as distinct from movement— stresses the social production of movement. It may address a variety of scales, from migration and transport, to travel and everyday practices of walking. Tim Cresswell has written: “If movement is the dynamic equivalent of location, then mobility is the dynamic equivalent of place.” This framework suggests new spatial and scalar logics that focus on networks, relations, flows and circulation, rather than fixed places. It opens up new sets of questions, subjects and methods that cut across disciplines.

Mobility and its associated freedom and fluidity are central to the concept of modernity.
Our contemporary situation underscores the basic contradictions at the heart of this concept of mobility alongside immobility; this is an era of both massive migrations of people, species and political protectionism. Our era is increasingly divisive and one of uneven terrains, economically, socially and ecologically.

Mobility is also central to the understanding of the city and of urban life The everyday mobility of walking has shaped the space of the city and ordered its social relations. It creates new subjects, new forms of public space and alternate readings of the city.

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