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On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World

On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World
Author: Timothy Cresswell
ISBN 13: 9780415952569
ISBN 10: 415952565
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2006-05-24
Format: Paperback
Pages: 340
List Price: $41.95

On the Move presents a rich history of one of the key concepts of modern life: mobility. Increasing mobility has been a constant throughout the modern era, evident in mass car ownership, plane travel, and the rise of the Internet. Typically, people have equated increasing mobility with increasing freedom. However, as Cresswell shows, while mobility has certainly increased in modern times, attempts to control and restrict mobility are just as characteristic of modernity. Through a series of fascinating historical episodes Cresswell shows how mobility and its regulation have been central to the experience of modernity.