Mobility: geographies, histories, sociologies

Peter Richard Merriman, Rhys Alwyn Jones, Tim J. Cresswell, Colin Divall, Gijs Mom, Mimi Sheller, John Urry

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This article is an edited transcript of a panel discussion on “mobility studies“ which was held as part of a workshop on mobility and community at Aberystwyth University on September 3, 2012. In the article the five panelists reflect upon the recent resurgence of research on mobility in the social sciences and humanities, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary debates, and the ways in which established fields such as transport history, migration studies, and sociology are being reshaped by new research agendas. The panelists discuss the importance of engaging with issues of politics, justice, equality, global capital, secrecy, and representation, and they encourage researchers to focus on non-Western and non-hegemonic mobilities, as well as to produce “useable“ studies which engage policy-makers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-165
Number of pages19
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Constellations
  • Geography
  • History
  • Inequality
  • Mobilities
  • Sociology
  • Transport


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