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dc.contributor.author Merriman, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-03T15:02:02Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-03T15:02:02Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12-03
dc.identifier.citation Merriman , P 2010 , ' Automobility and the geographies of the car ' Geography Compass , pp. 586-599 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 163538
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/5966
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/5966
dc.description Merriman P. (2009). Automobility and the geographies of the car. Geography Compass, 3(2), 586-599. en
dc.description.abstract The motor car or automobile has had a profound impact on global mobility, settlement patterns, the global economy, and the environment. Transport policy-makers and environmentalists highlight the unsustainable nature of contemporary petrol-car usage, yet despite widespread calls to rethink contemporary automobility and move towards more sustainable forms of public and private travel, it is only in recent years that social scientists have started to examine the social and cultural geography of the motor car, driving and the spaces of the street, road and motorway in any depth. In this article, I outline some of the research which has been undertaken on the geographies and sociologies of the spaces and practices of driving, focusing in particular on the UK. First, the article outlines the major impact the motor car has had on the geographies of road space. It examines how motor roads have shaped our experience of space and place, and outlines studies of their design, inhabitation, and regulation. Second, this article discusses embodied inhabitations of the spaces of the car: how motor cars have been consumed; how they have shaped our embodied apprehensions of our surroundings; and how they facilitate social and cultural relations. Finally, this article concludes by examining the innovative methods which are increasingly being utilised and developed by social scientists to explore the socialities of automotive spaces. en
dc.format.extent 14 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Geography Compass en
dc.title Automobility and the geographies of the car en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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