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Regardless of its promise of freedom and autonomy, the ubiquity of the car has encouraged unexpected ecological, social, and political swap. In opposed to Automobility, a panel of wonderful students take a severe examine the contradiction of the automobile.
A severe account of the effect of the automobile on society, that is either liberated by way of and reliant upon motor vehicles.
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The pressing issue is how driving intermittently effaces, and interpenetrates, other cultural systems, such as those built around conversation, the home, the mobile phone and the computer. Our argument is that cultural systems involve twin processes of incorporation and extrusion for their engrossing effects. After a preliminary discussion of the literature on the ‘cultures’ of the car in Section I, we then draw on anthropological notions of extension (Strathern, 1991) in Section II. Here the ways in which the car system engrosses the social body can be made visible by paying attention to affect as well as to more generally distributed effects.
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Why doesn’t he put his hand upon her knee? Instead, he’s cursing the driver ahead of him for not going fast enough, and it doesn’t occur to the woman, either, to touch the driver with her hand; mentally she’s at the wheel with him, and she’s cursing me too. (Kundera, 1996: 1) Today, might it be the car, not conversation, which (re)produces normalizing behaviour in the name of progressing individual liberty? Viewed in such ways, we argue, driving appears far from asocial. Overtaking ourselves We now turn to discuss views that imagine the car system as colonizing the lifeworld.