The Ethics of Mobilities: Rethinking Place, Exclusion, Freedom and Environment

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Prof Dr Sigurd Bergmann, Professor Tore Sager
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Nov 28, 2012 - Social Science - 292 pages
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With this book the international academic discourse on mobility is taken a step further, through the intertwined perspectives of different social sciences, engineering and the humanities. The Ethics of Mobilities departs from the recent interest in social surveillance, raised by the use of technology for the surveillance and control of mobility as well as for transport. It widens this theme to encompass a broad scale of issues, ranging from freedom and escape to social exclusion and control, thus raising important questions of ethics, identity and religion; questions that are dealt with by a diverse, yet structured range of chapters, arranged around the themes of ethics and religion, and freedom and control.

Through their variety and diversity of perspectives, the chapters of this book offer a substantial interdisciplinary contribution to the socially and environmentally relevant discussion about what a technically and economically accelerating mobility does to life and how it might be transformed to sustain a more life-enhancing future. Ethics of Mobilities will excite not only international interest, but will also appeal to scholars across a wide range of disciplines, in fields as diverse as theology and engineering.

 

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Contents

In Between Standstill and Hypermobility Introductory Remarks to a Broader Discourse
1
PART I
11
The Beauty of Speed or the Discovery of Slowness Why Do We Need to Rethink Mobility?
13
Mobility Freedom and Public Space
25
Automobility and the Driving Force of Warfare From Public Safety to National Security
39
Stranded Mobilities Human Disasters The Interaction of Mobility and Social Exclusion in Crisis Circumstances
65
Gendered Mobility A Case Study of NonWestern Immigrant Women in Norway
73
Mobility as Stress Regulation A Challenge to Dialogue in Planning?
103
Existential Homelessness Placelessness and Nostalgia in the Age of Mobility
143
From Sacred Place to an Existential Dimension of Mobility
157
The Phenomenon of Mobility at the Frankfurt Intemational Airport Challenges from a Theological Perspective
177
Religion Mobility and Conflict
195
The Desire for Speed and the Rhythm of the Earth
215
The Ontology of Mobility Morality and Transport Planning
233
Walk the Talk Mobility Climate Justice and the Churches
241
Ecological Approaches to Mobile Machines and Environmental Ethics
255

Understanding Mobility Holistically The Case of Hurricane Katrina
129
PART II
141

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Sigurd Bergmann is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Archaeology and Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Tore Sager is Professor in the Department of Civil and Transport Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

Sigurd Bergmann, Tore Sager, Mimi Sheller, Jeremy Packer, Margaret Grieco, Julian Hine, Tanu Priya Uteng, Tim Cresswell, Juhani Pallasmaa, Peter Nynäs, Kerstin Söderblom, Elizabeth Pritchard, Michael Northcott, Ullrich Zeitler, Jutta Steigerwald, David Kronlid.

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