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Auto(no)mobility subjectivities: 2

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups:
Organizers: Debbie Hopkins, Brendan Doody
Chairs: Debbie Hopkins


Developments in vehicle connectivity and autonomy have increased speculation around what types of mobility practices, cultures, institutions, infrastructures and systems might emerge in the future. As John Urry (2004) and others (Paterson, 2007; Geels, 2012) have argued, the ongoing dominance of the car owes to the various socio-technical elements (e.g., road infrastructure, land use planning and rules, laws and regulations) which constitute the ‘regime’ or ‘system of automobility’. The automobile subject, as its primary daily agent, is one of the central elements on which the possibility of automobility depends. This person or subject is oriented towards and values the opportunities that the car creates for instantaneous, flexible and seamless movement.
The automobile subject has been promoted and produced, takes multiple forms and is constantly reproduced through a ‘complex interplay of popular cultural forms, daily practice, regulatory interventions, surveillance and resistance’ (Merriman, 2007; Paterson, 2007, p. 164). Those who have sought to ‘take seriously the reality and depth of the identities produced around the car’ (Paterson, 2007, p. 122) have drawn inspiration largely from Michel Foucault’s (1988, 1991) work on governance and governmentality and the writings on the cyborg or hybrid figure from STS scholars such as Donna Haraway (1991) and Bruno Latour (1993).


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Brendan Doody Transport Studies Unit, 8 12:00 AM
Introduction Debbie Hopkins University of Oxford 7 12:00 AM
Presenter Ka Hin Tsang*, Goldsmiths, Public Transport as a Lifestyle: Towards Active Consumption Beyond the Car in the City 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Brendan Doody*, University of Oxford, Testing subjects: Concept cars as experiments in automation 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Pascale-L. Blyth*, Aalto University, Foucauldian perspectives on autonomous mobility--a case study of Finland 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Debbie Hopkins University of Oxford 15 12:00 AM

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