Objects and materials are on the move like never before, often at astonishing speeds and along hidden routeways. This collection opens to social scientific scrutiny the various systems which move objects about the world, examining their fateful implications for many people and places. Offering texts from key thinkers, the book presents case studies from around the world which report on efforts to establish, maintain, disrupt or transform the cargo-mobility systems which have grown so dramatically in scale and significance in recent decades. 

chapter 1|16 pages

Moving cargos

ByThomas Birtchnell, Satya Savitzky, John Urry

chapter 2|18 pages

Distribution centers as distributed places

Mobility, infrastructure and truck traffic
ByJulie Cidell

chapter 3|13 pages

Maritime cargomobilities

The impossibilities of representation
ByPhilip E. Steinberg

chapter 4|17 pages

A city that exports air

Containers, traffic and logistics in Sydney's intermodal network and beyond
ByBrett Neilson

chapter 5|22 pages

Smuggling mobilities

Parasitic relations, and the aporetic openness of the shipping container
ByCraig Martin

chapter 6|19 pages

The new zones of circulation

On the production and securitisation of maritime frontiers in West Africa
ByJulian Stenmanns, Stefan Ouma

chapter 7|19 pages

Immobilising and containing

Entrapment in the container economy
ByRachael Squire

chapter 9|14 pages

Dangerous cargo and uneven toxic risks

Petrochemicals in the port of New Orleans
ByAlice Mah

chapter 10|17 pages

Air cargo mobilities

Past, present and future
ByLucy Budd, Stephen Ison

chapter 11|19 pages

Oil on the move

BySatya Savitzky, John Urry

chapter 12|17 pages

Digital cargo

3D printing for development at the ‘bottom of the pyramid'
ByThomas Birtchnell, William Hoyle