Over the last two decades, the conceptualisation and empirical analysis of mobilities of people, objects and symbols has become an important strand of social science. Yet, the increasing importance of mobilities in all parts of the social does not only happen as observable practices in the material world but also takes place against the background of changing discourses, scientific theories and conceptualisations and knowledge. Within the formation of these mobilities discourses, the social sciences constitute a relevant actor. Focussing on mobility as an object of knowledge from a Foucauldian perspective rather than a given entity within the historical contingency of movement, this book asks: How do discourses and ideologies structure the normative substance, social meanings, and the lived reality of mobilities? What are the real world effects of/on the will and the ability to be mobile? And, how do these lived realities, in turn, invigorate or interfere with certain discourses and ideologies of mobility?

chapter |7 pages

Discourses and ideologies of mobility

An introduction
ByMarcel Endres, Katharina Manderscheid, Christophe Mincke

part I|79 pages

Mobility and normativity

chapter 1|23 pages

From mobility to its ideology

When mobility becomes an imperative
ByChristophe Mincke

chapter 2|14 pages

Identity construction and mobility in pilgrims' and travelers' writings

Contemporary reports about the Way of St James and the Hippie Trail
ByFrank Neubert

chapter 3|20 pages

Instrumentalising the ‘mobility argument'

Discursive patterns in the Romanian media
ByCamelia Beciu, Mirela Lazar

chapter 4|20 pages

The discursive accomplishment of rationalities in the automobility regime

ByLaura Bang Lindegaard

part II|72 pages

Mobile subjects

chapter 5|23 pages

Who does the move?

Affirmation or deconstruction of the solitary mobile subject
ByKatharina Manderscheid

chapter 6|30 pages

Passengers without havens?

Discourses on the hypermobile subject and self-conceptions of frequent travellers
ByMarcel Endres

chapter 7|17 pages

‘Inappropriate' Europeans

On fear, space and Roma mobility
ByBirgitta Frello

part III|63 pages

Mobilised infrastructures

chapter 8|23 pages

For the power, against the power

The political discourses of high-speed rail in Europe, the United States and China
ByAnder Audikana, Zenhua Chen

chapter 9|16 pages

Small technologies and big systems

ByThomas Birtchnell, John Urry

chapter 10|22 pages

From the urban planning discourse to a circulation dispositif

An epistemological approach to the mobility turn
ByPauline Wolff