Mobility Charters and Manifestos: exploring normative discourses and codes of 'correct' mobility

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This paper explore a number of different cases of articulating notions of ‘correct’ mobility behavior and practice by looking into charters, manifestos and codes of mobility regulation. Within such discourses of ‘correct mobility’ more or less subtle expressions of power as well as normative and
ethical positions on mobility prevail. Such ‘imagined correct mobility behavior’ are drawing on larger issues of societal change that need to be brought out in a critical analysis and discussion reflecting the attempts to control, design and orchestrate mobility patterns. The paper therefore argues within the ‘mobility turn’ that mobility is much more than movement from A to B. Seeing the cultural dimension as well as the underpinning power plays of normative mobility discourses opens up the reflection about imagined futures and imagined mobile subjects. Theoretically the paper bridges discourse studies and ‘geosemiotics’ with mobility studies in order to present a framework for understanding the meaning of mobility manifestos and charters. Empirically the paper explore different cases of mobility manifestos such as the ‘Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road’ published by the Vatican in 2007, the English ‘Highway Code Booklets’ from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, the ‘City Slow Charter’, the ‘New Urbanism Charter’ as attempts to codify and order mobility and mobile practices.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelNordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction, Aalborg November 17-19 2010
Antal sider29
Publikationsdato2010
Sider1-29
StatusUdgivet - 2010

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