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Personal mobilities
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The networked cities series
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Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2006


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Living in a contemporary developed society means having access to a myriad of ways to communicate. One can either use public or private transport to meet others and talk face to face, or use a variety of communication networks, like mobile or fixed telephones or the internet, to travel virtually.

Personal Mobilities provides a systematic study of personal movement focusing on the dimensions of space, individuals, societies and technologies. Kellerman examines a variety of personal mobilities, including air transportation, through several perspectives, examining the human need for movement, their anchoring within wider societal trends, commonalities and differences among mobility technologies and international differences.

Although spatial mobility seems geographical by its very nature, the topic has been so far treated only partially, and mainly by sociologists. Personal Mobilities highlights geographical as well as sociological aspects and is the first book to focus solely on personal mobilities.

Author Notes

Aharon Kellerman is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Geography at the University of Haifa, Israel

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Mobilitiesp. 6
Extensibility and Access(ibility)p. 9
Speedp. 10
Conveniencep. 12
Mobility and Fixityp. 13
Conclusionp. 18
Chapter 2 Individualsp. 20
Personal Needs for Mobility and Fixityp. 20
Mobility as Good and Productp. 30
On-the-move Behaviourp. 34
A Basic Model of Mobilityp. 46
Conclusionp. 49
Chapter 3 Societyp. 51
The New Modernityp. 52
Modernities and Mobilitiesp. 53
Globalization and Mobilityp. 58
Societal Models for Mobilityp. 62
Time-space and Mobilityp. 64
Social Exclusion, Integration and Mobilityp. 66
Language and Mobilityp. 67
Conclusionp. 70
Chapter 4 Technologiesp. 72
Personal Mobility Technologiesp. 73
Technologies, Space and Societyp. 87
Use Relationshipsp. 102
Conclusionp. 108
Chapter 5 Nationsp. 109
Adoption of Mobility Mediap. 110
North American Patternsp. 112
European Trendsp. 118
The Israeli Casep. 123
Comparative Expenditure Trendsp. 124
Conclusionp. 126
Chapter 6 Placesp. 128
Meanings of Placep. 129
The Local and the Distantp. 131
Places and Mobilityp. 134
Non-placesp. 137
Homes as Placesp. 139
Tourist Placesp. 142
Conclusionp. 143
Chapter 7 Citiesp. 145
Urban Spatial Structure and Mobilitiesp. 146
Transitions in Daily Conductp. 152
Virtual Mobility Businessesp. 154
Conclusionp. 156
Chapter 8 Flightp. 159
Flight Volume and Compositionp. 160
Flight Sources and Factorsp. 161
Aeromobilityp. 162
Aviation, Transportation and Communicationsp. 165
Flight and Virtual Mobilityp. 166
International Comparisonsp. 168
Conclusionp. 171
Chapter 9 Conclusionp. 172
Outline of Personal Mobilitiesp. 172
Personal Mobilities, Society and Spacep. 179
Questions for Future Studyp. 185
Referencesp. 188
Indexp. 201