Revill, George (2013). Histories. In: Adey, Peter; Bissell, David; Hannam, Kevin; Merriman, Peter and Sheller, Mimi eds. The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Abingdon: Routledge.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-29281-0_6

URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/97804156677...


This chapter argues that a prerequisite for recognising the historical specificity of mobile experiences has to begin with a theorisation of the role of infrastructure as an integral part of that experience. It argues in this regard it may be useful for mobility studies to embrace current re-workings of communications theory within the philosophy of technology figured as post, critical or cultural phenomenologies. Thought of in terms of communication theory, the experience of mobility is simultaneously one which is to a degree given shape by the infrastructures, technologies and equipment which provide media by which we come to know parts of the world in particular ways. At the same time the embodied actions and activities of movement are themselves active practices which draw on such media in the processes of sensing and making sense of self and world. The chapter concludes by discussion some of the implications of this for studying the experience of mobility as historically situated.

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