By Subject: Transport Studies
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Published December 2014
Emergence and Persistence of the Car, 1895-1940
Offering a sweeping transatlantic perspective, this book explains the current obsession with automobiles by delving deep into the motives of early car users. It provides a synthesis of our knowledge about the emergence and persistence of the car, using a broad range of material including novels, poems, films, and songs to unearth the desires that shaped our present “car society.”
Published December 2015
Cycling and Recycling
Histories of Sustainable Practices
Oldenziel, R. & Trischler, H. (eds)
In recent years, activists and policymakers have increasingly turned to mobilizing older technologies in their pursuit of sustainability, and waste recycling and bicycles both exemplify this development. This series of fascinating case studies traces the twin histories of biking and recycling, providing valuable context for today’s policy challenges.
Published August 2016
The Devil's Wheels
Men and Motorcycling in the Weimar Republic
During the unprecedented modernization of Germany’s Weimar Republic, motorcycle culture instantiated the new link between consumption and identity. Motorcycles became symbols of masculinity and freedom that exposed the problems and allures of mass-consumption and modern values. The Devil’s Wheels analyzes motorcycle culture, and reassesses mechanized life in Weimar Germany.
Published February 2007
The Landscape of the German Autobahn, 1930-1970
Subjects: Transport Studies History: 20th Century to Present Mobility Studies Environmental Studies (General)
Published April 2017
Technology, Experts, Politics, and Fascist Motorways, 1922-1943
Driving Modernity recounts the history of the first Italian motorway, which—alongside railways and aviation—Italian authorities hoped would spread an ideology of technological nationalism. It explains how Italy ultimately failed to realize its mammoth infrastructural vision, addressing the political and social conditions that made a coherent plan of development impossible.
Published November 2012
The French Road Movie
Space, Mobility, Identity
Subjects: Film and Television Studies Transport Studies
Published November 2019
German Railroads, Jewish Souls
The Reichsbahn, Bureaucracy, and the Final Solution
Browning, C. R., Hayes, P. & Hilberg, R.
This book centers around preeminent Holocaust scholar Raul Hilberg’s landmark study of Nazi railways and their roles within the Jewish genocide. Supplemented with additional writings from Hilberg, primary source materials, and a comprehensive historical survey from leading scholars Christopher Browning and Peter Hayes, this is a rich and accessible introduction to a topic in Holocaust history that remains understudied even today.
Subjects: Jewish Studies Genocide History Transport Studies
Published August 2020
Exuberance and the Emergence of Layered Mobility, 1900–1980
Why has “car society” proven so durable, even in the face of mounting environmental and economic crises? In this follow-up to his magisterial Atlantic Automobilism, Gijs Mom traces the global spread of the automobile in the postwar era and investigates why adopting more sustainable forms of mobility has proven so difficult.
Subjects: Transport Studies History: 20th Century to Present Cultural Studies (General) Mobility Studies
Published September 2000
The Great Train Race
Railways and the Franco-German Rivalry, 1815-1914
Published July 2023
If Cars Could Walk
Postsocialist Streets in Transformation
Duijzings, G. & Tuvikene, T. (eds)
Addressing the transformation of street life in postsocialist cities against the backdrop of the explosive rise of car-mobility in the last 25 years, If Cars Could Walk consists of ethnographic case studies documenting changes in these cities as former socialist modes of mobility are replaced by a culture of privately owned cars.
Published August 2021
National Space and the Railways in Interwar Czechoslovakia
Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the newly formed country of Czechoslovakia built an ambitious national rail network out of what remained of the obsolete Habsburg system. Drawing on evidence ranging from government documents to newsreels to train timetables, Iron Landscapes gives a nuanced account of how planners and authorities knitted together the young nation-state and articulated a Czechoslovak cosmopolitanism.
Published May 2016
Migration by Boat
Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion and Survival
Mannik, L. (ed)
Exploring various contemporary case studies and historic cultural renditions of boat migrations undertaken by asylum seekers and refugees, this book shows that boats not only move people and cultural capital between places, but also fuel cultural fantasies, dreams of adventure and hope, along with fears of invasion and terrorism.
Published September 2022
Adventure, Status and the Carnival of Mobility, 1970–2015
In this expansive volume, historian Gijs Mom explores how contemporary mobility has been impacted by social, political, and economic forces on a global scale, as in light of local mobility cultures, the car as an ‘adventure machine’ seems to lose cultural influence in favor of the car’s status character.
Published August 2023
Labour, Piety and Railway Construction in Asia
The notions of labour, mobility and piety have a complex and intertwined relationship. Using ethnographic methods and a historical perspective, Temple Tracks critically outlines the interlink of railway construction in colonial and post-colonial Asia, as well as the anthropology of infrastructure and transnational mobilities with religion.
Published June 2020
Timber, Sail, and Rail
An Archaeology of Industry, Immigration, and the Loma Prieta Mill
While taking a critical look at the labor and social issues related to timber, the story of labor, immigration, and development around the San Francisco Bay region is told through the lens of an archaeological case study of a major player of the timber industry between 1885 and 1920. Timber, Sail, and Rail recounts the mill operations and broadly examines its intersections with other industries, such as shipping, brick manufacture, rail companies, lime production, and other lesser enterprises.
Subjects: Archaeology History (General) Transport Studies
Published July 2009
The Train Journey
Transit, Captivity, and Witnessing in the Holocaust
Published February 2020
A U-Turn to the Future
Sustainable Urban Mobility since 1850
Emanuel, M., Schipper. F., & Oldenziel, R. (eds)
Unsustainable practices since the Industrial Revolution still impact our everyday lives. This book looks at how we can achieve sustainable urban mobility now and in the future by tapping into our knowledge of the historical trajectories leading up to the features of modern mobility in cities today.
Published August 2014
Cars, Canoes, and Other Metaphors of Moral Imagination
Lipset, D. & Handler, R. (eds)
On-the-ground vehicles offer themselves as rich metaphors for the moral imagination, for thinking about ethical dimensions of the social. Vehicles presents a collection of ethnographic essays on the metaphoric significance of vehicles in different cultures, from canoes in Papua New Guinea to cars in contemporary China, Japan, and Eastern Europe. Vehicles not only “carry people around,” but also “carry” how they relate to culture, politics and history.