Gendered Mobilities

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-04-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Being socially and geographically mobile is generally seen as one of the central aspects of women's wellbeing. Alongside with health, education and political participation, mobility is indispensable in order for women to reach goals such as agency and freedom. Building on new philosophical underpinnings of 'mobility', whereby society is seen to be framed by the convergence of various mobilities, this volume focuses on the intersection of mobility, social justice and gender.The authors reflect on five highly interdependent mobilities that form and reform social life: the origin, divisions and implication of physical travel for work, leisure, family life, migration and escape; physical movement of goods and their gendered impacts; the gendered content of imagined travel through televisual images; virtual travel via the Internet; and communicative travel through person-to-person messages via letters, telephone, fax and mobile phone. They argue that, though constraints in accessibility can produce restricted mobility, the range of factors constraining women's mobility goes well beyond transport, covering an entire range of social, cultural, religious, economic, ethnic, and political factors and processes.

Table of Contents

Gendered mobilities: towards an holistic understanding
Dialogical Reflections
Mobility as capability
Embodying the space between: unmapping writing about racialised and gendered mobilities
Motherhood, risk and everyday mobilities
'Mobile belonging': exploring transnational feminist theory and online connectivity
Gendering mobility: insights into the construction of spatial concepts
The culture of automobility: how interacting drivers relate to legal standards and to each other in traffic
How and Why are Mobilities Gendered?
Gender still matters: mobility aspirations among European scientists working abroad
'I'm more sexy here': erotic subjectivities of female tourists in the 'sexual paradise' of the Costa Rica Caribbean
A spatial exploration of the accessiblity of low-income women: Chengdu, China and Chennai, India
Gendered mobilities in developing countries: the case of (urban) Uganda
Gender differences in the influences of urban structure on daily travel
Daily mobility of men and women - a barometer of gender equality?
Seeking Grounds for Future Policies
Gender and the social usage of mobile technologies: from information society policies to everyday practices
Gender mainstreaming in Swedish transport policy
Are we there yet? Women and transport revisited
Gendered Mobilities: epilogue
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