Mobility and social stratification

Authored by: Sanneke Kloppenburg

Handbook of Urban Mobilities

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

Print ISBN: 9781138482197
eBook ISBN: 9781351058759
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351058759-25

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Abstract

In urban areas, the potential of people to be mobile is a new form of capital. As such it represents a crucial factor in social stratification. At the same time, stratification is not simply a question of mobility for some and immobility for others. Approaching the relation between mobility and social stratification from the perspective of people’s everyday mobility practices shows how social exclusion is manifested in the differentiated ways in which people move through the city. A focus on urban mobility systems reveals how infrastructures and technologies can produce or deepen existing social inequalities in the city.

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