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After the Car epub

by Kingsley Dennis


After the Car epub

ISBN: 0745644228

ISBN13: 978-0745644226

Author: Kingsley Dennis

Category: Other

Subcategory: Social Sciences

Language: English

Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (June 22, 2009)

Pages: 180 pages

ePUB book: 1486 kb

FB2 book: 1860 kb

Rating: 4.5

Votes: 303

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After The Car will be of great interest to planners,policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, those working inindustry, as well as general readers.

After The Car will be of great interest to planners,policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, those working inindustry, as well as general readers. Some have described the 20th Century as the century of the ca. ow that century has come to a close – and things are aboutto change. Start reading After the Car on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Urry & Kingsley are well-versed and spot-on when it comes to contemporary developments regarding the car and its role on the streets and in society as a whole

Urry & Kingsley are well-versed and spot-on when it comes to contemporary developments regarding the car and its role on the streets and in society as a whole. But at the same time they are doom-mongering prophets, speculating wildly on all kinds of more or less ghastly futures. Maybe I’m overstating here, but I constantl If you are looking for a comprehensive overview of the societal impacts of the car and the possible scenarios in which both society and cars will evolve, this is your book. Maybe I’m overstating here, but I If you are looking for a comprehensive overview of the societal impacts of the car and the possible scenarios in which both society and cars will evolve, this is your book.

After the Car. Published by Polity Press (2009). It is difficult to imagine a world without the car, and yet that is exactly what Dennis and Urry set out to do in this provocative new book. They argue that the days of the current car system are numbered. Powerful forces around the world are undermining it and will usher in a new system sometime in the next few decades

After The Car will be of great interest to planners, policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, those . John Urry, Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University.

After The Car will be of great interest to planners, policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, those working in industry, as well as general readers. Some have described the 20th Century as the century of the car. Now that century has come to a close – and things are about to change.

After The Car will be of great interest to planners, policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, those working . It is difficult to imagine a world without the car, and yet that is exactly what Dennis and Urry set out to do in this provocative new book

After The Car will be of great interest to planners, policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, those working in industry, as well as general readers. They argue that the days of the car are numbered: powerful forces around the world are undermining the car system and will usher in a new transport system sometime in the next few decades.

After The Car will be of great interest to planners, policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, those working in industry .

Throughout the book, the authors adopt a networked approach to analyse the car, rather than regarding it as an iron cage isolated from its surroundings.

It is difficult to imagine a world without the car, and yet that is exactly what Dennis and Urry set out to do in this provocative new book.

It is difficult to imagine a world without the car, and yet that isexactly what Dennis and Urry set out to do in this provocative newbook. They argue that the days of the car are numbered: powerfulforces around the world are undermining the car system and willusher in a new transport system sometime in the next few decades.Specifically, the book examines how several major processes areshaping the future of how we travel, including:• Global warming and its many global consequences• Peaking of oil supplies• Increased digitisation of many aspects of economic andsocial life• Massive global population increasesThe authors look at changes in technology, policy, economy andsociety, and make a convincing argument for a future where, bynecessity, the present car system will be re-designed andre-engineered.

Yet the book also suggests that there are some hugely bleakdilemmas facing the twenty first century. The authors lay out whatthey consider to be possible ‘post-car’ futurescenarios. These they describe as ‘localsustainability’, ‘regional warlordism’ and‘digital networks of control’.

After The Car will be of great interest to planners,policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, those working inindustry, as well as general readers.

Some have described the 20th Century as the century of the car.Now that century has come to a close – and things are aboutto change.

Another important book in the matter of cars in human life.
First, the enviromental problems, but most important which are the possibles responses?
It is imposible in the actual situation of the mankind just ignore the problem of cars.
I don`t know what is the answer, but we can't ignore anymore the problem
I wanted information and background on what might happen to the car culture and our ways of life formed around automobile use. Happily satisfied on a subject it is hard to be happy about.

The book explains how car use is not due simply to our habits and tastes, but a matter of a complex system evolved over more than a century. I liked the explanation of how complex systems work - better than many I have read before. Most interesting are the extensive descriptions of "disruptive" innovations already being tried which have a chance of producing a more sustainable future.

The book seems accessible to people not already knowledgeable on this subject, with plenty of background on auto technology, economics, resources and urban planning. But it includes much technical information (much of it notes) as well. Highly recommended.
great book about the changes happening in the world of transportation right now. highly recommend.
This short book offers a broad brush discussion of the future of the complex socio-technical system that has emerged around the automobile. The basic idea underpinning the book is that the car system is ripe for tipping into another regime because of crucial developments such as global warming, peak oil, rapid urbanization and the pervasive digitization of many aspects of economic and social life. However, the fact that it might tip does not mean that the car system will move into a very different form of mass mechanized mobility. Whilst the current regime is under pressure, it has proved to be very resilient over a period of more than a century by locking itself into a key position in the leading economic sectors and social practices of twentieth century capitalism. But the potential for change has never been greater and, if it happens, it will arguably have huge impact on our way of life.

So in trying to paint a picture of where this massive change might go, Dennis and Urry discuss a range of technological and institutional developments that might contribute to the emerging post-car regime: new propulsion mechanisms and materials, `smart' technologies, new mobility policies, alternative living and leisure practices, new ownership and usage patterns. A number of contemporary avant garde models are showcased to make the future of personal mobility more tangible. These models range from Bremen's clever transport system to the Transition Town Movement to Norman Foster's Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.

In a final chapter a set of three scenarios is offered to explore the shape of the post-car regime in a more distant future: 1) an `eco-communalist' future based on a network of downscaled, self-reliant communities under the aegis of `small is beautiful'. Mobility is severely restricted because of resource scarcity, 2) an apocalyptic future of `regional warlordism' where society fragments in violent factions resisting an autocratic elite. Mobility is restricted to the `happy few', and 3) a future in which personal mobility will be meshed with pervasive digital networks of control. The ability to move will be constrained at it will come at the cost of a significant loss of privacy.

Whilst the book offers a concise and informative traverse of a fascinating subject area, it has a number of shortcomings. Its brevity is a boon for time-constrained readers but it comes at the cost of both depth and comprehensiveness. There are important developments - such as the introduction of ultra-cheap mass-produced vehicles (Tata Nano) or the economics of personal carbon allowances - that receive very short shrift. Also, the argument is developed from a social sciences, not from an engineering perspective. The authors describe but do not critically assess the relative merits of various technological options. Furthermore, I appreciate the complex systems perspective that underpins the narrative but there is a lot of relatively recent research on the dynamics governing system-wide transitions that would allow for a more nuanced discussion. Now the argument basically boils down to the rather generic `system in a self-critical state + disruptive innovation = new mobility regime'. Finally, I was disappointed by the final scenarios chapter which connects awkwardly to the discussion that precedes it. Suddenly the security implications of global climate change move in as a dominant driver and one wonders why this hasn't been broached earlier. The scenarios are also rather stereotypical: the `catastrophe if we do nothing', the `command and control' and the `self-organization' stories have been turning up in various guises in many scenario exercises over the last 15 years. As a whole the book provides an interesting scaffolding for an imaginative and systemic reflection on the future of personal mobility but this is something that is left to the reader to complete.
Written poorly. Much sociological jargon that's hard to understand the point. Much repetition. Some interesting ideas.