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Capitalism and collective action in the work of John Urry (I)

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

British sociologist John Urry is recognized as one of the most authoritative voices arguing for a ‘mobilities turn’ in the social sciences. Books such as Sociology Beyond Societies (2000), Mobilities (2007) and Mobile Lives (2010) are regarded as milestones in the development of the mobilities turn and widely cited in many fields. However, important aspects of his work on mobilities were prefigured earlier in discussions about collective action and the restructuring of capitalism. This and the…

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Mobile Urbanisms

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

Annual Conference of the Urban Geography Research Group (Institute of British Geographers) 29-30 November 2012, Kings College London.

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Braudel, a mobilities scholar avant la lettre?

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

Braudel has been cited but rarely used in mobilities literature, yet his work places movement at the heart of social, economic and political life.

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What makes a slow tourist?

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

Slow tourism is gaining prominence as concern about climate change grows. Yet low carbon forms of tourism may be more widespread than is currently acknowledged.

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Displaced lives

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

Migration and displacement are often discussed in terms of abstract numbers. This powerful photo-essay by award winning photographer Alixandra Fazzina speaks of individual human beings in search of a secure place.

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Radical mitigation: a new priority in the mobilities agenda?

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

Research on ‘carbon budgets’ suggests that avoiding ‘dangerous climate change’ may require an ambitious reduction of certain forms of travel. Should this be a priority in the mobilities agenda?

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Mobile lives, screens and vision (I)

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

The use of vision, like the other senses, has evolved alongside technological changes. How much have histories of this affected current trends, and what may this tell us about posible futures?

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Mobile lives, screens and vision (II)

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

Big data and the proliferation of screens may change perceptions of what the world is and the way we move through it. Could a ‘living city’ exist beyond metaphor?

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Piketty and mobilities

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

Piketty’s work may open a new perspective to study the relationship between mobility and inequality, one that is more attentive to the diversity of time scales and rhythms in the creation and reproduction of wealth and the distribution of income.

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Celebrating the Art of the London Underground

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

The forms in which we collectively imagine social life are often reflected in, and in turn inform graphic material used for propaganda and marketing purposes. A retrospective exhibition of posters on the London Underground offered an opportunity to reflect on the shifting ways in which the changing nature of London and its transport have been conceived of.

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Detroit : Ruin of a City

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

Blending historical footage with conversations on the move with residents, artists and social scientists, the documentary reflects on race, inequality, urbanism, mobility, the past and the future. Is Detroit a taste of things to come?

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Quotidian rituals in an age of mobility

Javier Caletrío

16/07/2018

It is often quotidian details that best reveal the vital pulse of the times, the sensuous, emotional and moral textures of everyday lives at a certain historical time. This entry of Café Braudel brings to readers' attention three quotes about the way in which an accelerating rhythm of life associated with the new culture of mobility gained expression in quotidian rituals such as smoking and drinking.

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