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Transport and Mobilities: Role of the car and alternatives Notes touching on the role of the car, the options for low carbon mobility and the relative merits and drawbacks of Bus Rapid Transit Contents:

1. The Role of the Car

2. Electric Vehicles- Low Carbon Mobility, Electric Vehicles

3. Bus Rapid Transit- Why BRT for the Global South? Benefits, Failures

1. The Role of the Car Sheller and Urry (2000): The car is:


Integral to the capitalist system 2nd largest item of consumption providing status to owner/user, provides speed/safety/flexibility/freedom, masculinity A dominant consumer of non-renewable environmental resources, major cause of emissions

The dominant role of the car:



Preference despite alternatives - there is a viable alternative in 40% of car journeys (Stradling, 2003) 'Developed world is obsessed with the motorcar' Chapman 2007 Concept of the 'automobile society' (Cohen, 2012) - a love affair between people and cars for the last 100 years, but this may be waning Symbol of the 20th Century (Amin 1994) - and the 21st?

Schwanen (2015): Automobility


Automobility-the practices, materialities, institutions and landscapes centred on the private car Many conceptions of automobility Autoonomous mobility is relational- complex networks of relations through which different forms of mobility occur, unique about the private car is the scale/complexity of ensembles/relations. Non linearity crucial: small changes have big effects, 'coincidences' in the history of development

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