Mobility

Authored by: Peter Adey , Rachael Squire

Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415732253
eBook ISBN: 9781315446486
Adobe ISBN: 9781315446479

10.4324/9781315446486.ch20

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Abstract

Mobility is a rapidly evolving concept which has organized enormous intellectual energy and scholarship across the arts and social sciences to study life on the move. The putative ‘new mobilities turn’ collectively named by John Urry and Mimi Sheller (Urry 2000; Hannam, Sheller and Urry 2006) marked a shift in scholarship to particular ontologies of movement, aiming to theoretically and empirically examine the social as mobility in the context of a highly mobile yet uneven world. We might say that an international political sociology while not directly attuned to ‘new mobilities’ was germinated because of a similar problematic. How could existing theories and approaches within politics and International Relations (IR) attune to a shifting landscape of differently mobile lives?

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