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Vanessa Stjernborg, Mekonnen Tesfahuney, and Anders Wretstrand

This study focuses on Seved, a segregated and socioeconomically “poor” neighborhood in the city of Malmö in Sweden. It has attracted wide media coverage, a possible consequence of which is its increased stigmatization. The wide disparity between perceived or imagined fear and the actual incidence of, or exposure to, violence attests to the important role of the media in shaping mental maps and place images. Critical discourse analysis of daily newspaper articles shows that Seved is predominantly construed as unruly and a place of lawlessness. Mobility comprises an important aspect of the stigmatization of places, the politics of fear, and discourses of the “other.” In turn, place stigmatization, discourses of the other, and the politics of fear directly and indirectly affect mobility strategies of individuals and groups.

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Diverse Driving Emotions

Exploring Chinese Migrants’ Mobilities in a Car-Dependent City

Sophie-May Kerr, Natascha Klocker, and Gordon Waitt

associated car driving with discomfort and fear. Her embodied response to driving presents a stark counterpoint to representations of Australia as a “nation of proud car owners.” 2 Chen’s words are illustrative of what we address in this article: that

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Media Ecologies of Autonomous Automobility

Gendered and Racial Dimensions of Future Concept Cars

Julia M. Hildebrand and Mimi Sheller

, that is, “family models,” in their responsibilities as mother and housewife. 52 Men, however, would be drawn to “the ‘Top Gear’ fast sports car or the impractical ‘classic car.’” 53 Second, the concept car visions also try to allay fears of the more

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Gijs Mom, Georgine Clarsen, Liz Millward, Dorit Müller, Mimi Sheller, and Heike Weber

The fluidity of modernity has surely reached the outskirts of the earth when even the new Pope Franciscus admonishes his cardinals that “our life is a journey and when we stop there is something wrong. […] If one does not walk, one gets stuck.” The current economic crisis has enhanced the fear of congestion and the interruption of flows: the circulation of capital in the first instance, but also of people and stuff, and of ideas and knowledge. It is time to rethink mobility.

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Understanding Mobilities in a Dangerous World

Gail Adams-Hutcheson, Holly Thorpe, and Catharine Coleborne

caused millions of refugees to travel long distances in search of a safe place to call “home.” The Syrian refugee crisis in particular has ignited the fear of the figure of the refugee and the impact of their mobilities on host nations. 1 Politically

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Embodied Vibrations

Disastrous Mobilities in Relocation from the Christchurch Earthquakes, Aotearoa New Zealand

Gail Adams-Hutcheson

the relational link to them, can evoke horror, anxiety, and fear. Far from inert or passive, vibrations, then, have the “generative capacity to do things.” 6 In this article, vibration (like jet lag) is considered a disruptive experience, one that

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Somy Kim

Fairbanks’s fear that Troy will reveal his blackness reflects the precarious social and professional lives that these black students lead on campus. The most poignant reminder of how race limits mobility in this film comes in the form of a pamphlet that

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Dangerous Mobilities

Mimi Sheller

a flood, the bodily experiences of dangerous mobilities are crucial. Focusing on bodily affect brings to our attention the significance of phenomena such as vibration, motion sickness, fear felt as a racing heart, or extreme sleepiness that dogs the

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Ambivalent Mobilities in the Pacific

“Savagery” and “Civilization” in the Australian Interwar Imaginary

Nicholas Halter

and innocence of the Pacific Islands was threatened by the spread of civilization (and its vices), a fear heightened by the increasing presence of Europeans in the islands in the 1920s and 1930s. Woodburn was concerned that air travel would “destroy

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Mobile Disasters

Catastrophes in the Age of Manufactured Uncertainty

Steve Matthewman

disaster fear that disaster studies seems doomed to intellectual marginality at precisely the moment of its greatest need. Their biggest concern is that disaster scholarship suffers from a poverty of theory. 10 Stated simply, disaster thinking has failed