Mobility justice in urban studies

Authored by: Mimi Sheller

Handbook of Urban Mobilities

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138482197
eBook ISBN: 9781351058759
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The emerging concept of mobility justice is a crucial addition to urban studies. Just urban mobilities encompass multiple scales, which this chapter will illustrate through three examples: (a) embodied mobilities and the differential power of raced/gendered/classed urban accessibility and (dis)abilities; (b) transportation planning and the impact of uneven and splintered urban mobility systems on “carbon gentrification”; and (c) climate justice at a planetary scale and the circulations of resources, energy, and “carbon colonialism” within sustainable mobilities plans and visions. The conclusion will show how these new approaches to mobility justice within urban studies connect with social movements, design, planning, and policies for promoting mobility justice.

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