A darker side of hypermobility.

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Abstract

Since the formulation of the mobilities paradigm, research has shown that movement is increasingly at the heart of our social identities. This paper argues that mobility, and indeed, hypermobility, constitutes to a growing extent who we are, whilst societal perspectives on mobility increasingly dictate how we need to move in time and space in order to accrue network capital. In this critical review, deeply embedded mechanisms of the social glamorization of mobility are uncovered, and juxtaposed with what we call a ‘darker side’ of hypermobility, including the physiological, psychological, emotional and social costs of mobility for individuals and societies. The paper concludes that whilst aspects of glamorization in regard to mobility are omnipresent in our lives, there exists an ominous silence with regard to its darker side.

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  • Economic Geography

Keywords

  • glamorization, network capital, mobility consequences, transport, behavior change
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1661-1679
JournalEnvironment & Planning A
Volume47
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

Bibliographic note

First published online 03 Aug 2015.