This book seeks to better conceptualise and define mobility poverty, addressing both its geographies and socio-economic landscapes. It moves beyond the analysis of ‘transport poverty’ and innovatively explores mobility inequalities and social construction of mobility disadvantages.

The debate on mobility poverty is gaining momentum due to its role in triggering social exclusion and economic deprivation. In this light, this book examines the social construction of mobility poverty by delving into mobility patterns and needs as they are differently experienced by social groups in different geographical situations. It considers factors such as the role of transport regimes and their social value when analysing the social construction of individual´s mobility needs. Furthermore, the gaps between articulated and unarticulated needs are identified by observing actual travel patterns of individuals. The book offers a comparison of the global phenomenon through fieldwork conducted in six different European countries – Greece, Portugal, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania and Germany.

This book will be useful reading for planners, sociologists, geographers, mobility/transport researchers, mobility advocates, policy-makers and transport practitioners.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://doi.org/10.4324/9780367333317, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

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Social skills and individual aptitudes

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Learning mobility

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part II|51 pages

Geographies of mobility poverty

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The urban arena

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The rural arena

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Societal roots and impacts

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part IV|81 pages

The fieldwork

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Forced car ownership and forced bus usage

Contrasting realities of unemployed and elderly people in rural regions – the case of Guarda, Portugal
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Isolation, individualism and sharing

Mobility poverty in Naxos and Small Cyclades, Greece
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Unmet needs

Exploring mobility poverty in Buzău, Romania
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Towards an understanding of the social meanings of mobility

The case of Esslingen, Germany
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Mobility poverty in Luxembourg

Crossing borders, real estate, vulnerable groups and migrants
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