Mobile Semiotics

Authored by: Ole B. Jensen

The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415667715
eBook ISBN: 9781315857572
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934134


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This chapter is about how to understand the mobile condition of contemporary life with a particular view to the signifying dimension of the environment and its ‘readability.’ The chapter explores the potentials of semiotics and its relationship to the new mobilities literature as a way into the analysis of mobilities in motion. The theoretical scope is therefore an attempt to ‘mobilize’ semiotics by drawing on a central body of theory within and adjacent to the discipline. The chapter is arguing for the inclusion of semiotics into mobilities research, as well as that semiotic analysis of cities and material environments needs to be sensitive to movements and f lows.

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