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Regardless of its promise of freedom and autonomy, the ubiquity of the auto has prompted unexpected ecological, social, and political switch. In opposed to Automobility, a panel of exotic students take a serious examine the contradiction of the automobile.
A severe account of the influence of the auto on society, that is either liberated by way of and reliant upon motor vehicles.
Written through a panel of amazing students from various disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.
Examines automobility's impression on environmental, social, and political issues.
- could be of curiosity to these whose study specializes in geography, politics, intake and cultural reports, severe thought, and the sociology of gadgets and lifestyle.

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But we still need to go further than this to understand fully the engrossment of the car system. As already indicated, we can understand how incorporation by the car elicits our engagement with other materials beyond the car, such as the strips of tarmac along which we can drive, and thereby positions us in other, sometimes extreme, often unexpected relations; an encounter, say, with a frightened rabbit or the violence of an incipient road-rager. It is the engagement with other similarly ‘enhanced bodies’ that electrifies.

This is to juxtapose the phenomenon of motility (Munro, 1996a; 2000) alongside the current fix on mobility that underpins the automobility thesis. To adopt phrases like Urry’s (1999) ‘conquering hybrid of automobility’ is not yet fully to accept automobility’s ‘totalizing’ narrative. Certainly there is a need to explain how the car, on occasion, can appear all pervasive and all controlling. But there are other times, other occasions, in which different technologies come into play and the car is far from people’s thoughts.

8 So, too, the relations elicited through our ‘attachment’ to cars might also be explained through a ‘doubling’ of parts. The attachments that are made manifest – between, for example, mind, flesh, metal and tarmac – coalesce in ways that have coercive powers. That is, the combined effects of these attachments (always changing, always attaching and detaching from and to persons) institute different kinds of relations because they make visible very specific versions of the social, such as those relations that privilege motels, petrol stations and oil refineries, rather than those composed around inns, stables and pastures.

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