Sven Kesserling

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Mobility, Power and the Emerging New Mobilities Regimes

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Keywords: New Mobilities Regimes, Mobile Risk Society, Normalization, Power, Reflexive Modernization.

This paper presents various aspects of mobilities regimes. It shows that - from the body to the globe - modern life, economies and cultural activities are shaped and governed by powerful and influential sets of principles, norms and rules concerning physical, virtual and social mobility. Since the formulation of the "new mobilities paradigm" approach questions of power and governance become increasingly relevant in theory and empirical research. The author presents four analytical dimensions helping to understand the power structures in mobilities: the normalization of mobility is discussed as an overarching process which involves the rationalization, subjectification, and time-space compression of modern mobilities. The paper argues for a research agenda that critically investigates the micro-, meso and macro-scalar dimensions of mobilities regimes in order to provide the ground for new policies of sustainable mobility.

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