chapter  19
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Mobility entails much more than mere physical motion (Marzloff 2005). After all, every form of mobility is movement infused with both self-ascribed and attributed meanings (Frello 2008). Mobility studies, then, call attention to the myriad ways in which people, objects, and ideas become part, in highly unequal ways, of multiple translocal networks and linkages, variously located in time and space. We have come a long way since the first formulations of transdisciplinary mobility studies over a decade ago (Hannam et al. 2006). Judging from the number of conference presentations and publications, mobilities have become a mainstream focus of attention in most of the social sciences and humanities. However, this popularity also contains an imminent danger. When reading the various chapters that constitute this volume, the reader may be confused as to what mobility actually refers to in each of the cases. As Peter Adey (2006) warned us a long time ago, ‘if mobility is everything then it is nothing’.