Mobility/Fixity: Rethinking Binaries in Mobility Studies

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Abstract

In this paper I outline some of the different conceptual approaches to mobility and immobility/fixity that have emerged in mobility studies over the past few decades, connecting this work to broader philosophical and methodological debates in the humanities and social sciences. I discuss writings which have distinguished between mobility and moorings, mobility and motility, and nomadic and sedentary metaphysics, before focussing upon studies which either approach mobility-fixity as a continuum, or highlight the many qualities, events and experiences which traverse or cut across this binary. In the final section I outline Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s theoretical approach to movement, affect and becoming in which they distinguish between molar and molecular becomings and movements. By adopting a processual and non-representational approach to mobility and stasis I argue that the problem is not one of understanding when and why things move or are still, but of tracing when and how movements become perceptible and imperceptible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-21
JournalMobility Humanities
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2023

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