This book presents an in-depth phenomenological and deconstructive analysis of the automobility imaginary, which is none other than the mundane automobility reality within which we dwell in everyday life. A successful transition to a post-automobility future will require new ways of thinking about and conceptualizing automobility, one of the most significant and powerful imaginaries of contemporary neo-liberalism. This book offers such a view by reconceptualizing automobility in its entirety as both an imaginary and a dreamscape.
In order to address the challenges, externalities and tragedies that automobility has brought upon us, automobility, we argue, must end as we know it.
Robert Braun is senior researcher at the Institute forAdvanced Studies in Vienna.
Richard Randell is a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna.
PART 1. ONTOLOGIES OF AUTOMOBILITY
CHAPTER 1. AN ILL-NAMED THING: FROM MODE OF TRANSPORTATION TO AUTOMOBILITY STUDIES
CHAPTER 2. THE AUTOMOBILITY IMAGINARY
PART 2. RECONFIGURING THE ILL-NAMED THING
CHAPTER 3. DROMOS: THE VIOLENCE OF SPEED
CHAPTER 4. THEATRON: THE SPECTACLE
CHAPTER 5. HYPNOS: THE AUTOMOBILITY DREAMSCAPE
CHAPTER 6. NOMOS: THE APPROPRIATION OF SPACE
PART 3. FUTURE AUTOMOBILITIES AND POST-AUTOMOBILITY
CHAPTER 7. NOMOCRACY
CHAPTER 8. POST-AUTOMOBILITY
Robert Braun and Richard Randell address a consequential and timely topic, one that has been on the tips of our tongues for quite a while now, and it does so from a unique perspective by applying a wide range of social scientific and philosophical lenses to systems of automobility. The strength of the book lies in its sociological and philosophical framing, which promises to generate theoretical insights that can be applied beyond the practical matters of designing or deconstructing car futures.