Primary Session Category: Social Inequality
Session Code: SoIn1
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)
Session Description: The burgeoning body of Critical Mobilities Research has demonstrated that spatial mobility – of people, ideas, technologies and materials – is not simply a process that connects departure and destination points. Rather, it is a fundamental structuring dimension of social life. Shifts in types and degrees of mobility produce social changes that reconstitute social organisation. Moreover, as sociologists like John Urry and Mimi Sheller have emphasised, processes of movement are differentiated; they reflect and reinforce structures of power to configure inequitable socialities. Critical mobility scholars are tracing the ways in which power relations shape discourses and practices of mobility that produce beneficial movement in some cases and too little or too much movement in others.
We are seeking papers that foreground the mutually constitutive relationship of power and movement by (a) describing and theorising the power relations operating to produce differentiated mobilities, movements and flows; (b) explaining how mobility exclusions operate and are experienced; or (c) identifying mobility justice strategies and practices employed to negotiate inequitable fields of movement.
This session is co-sponsored by the Social Justice Research Institute at Brock.
Nancy Cook, Brock University, Sociology, email@example.com
David Butz, Brock University, Geography
1. Kristin Lozanski
Globalized reproduction: A critical analysis of birth and citizenship
2. Natasha Hanson
The Long and Short of Hauling: Power Relations within the PEI Trucking Industry