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Gijs Mom, Georgine Clarsen, and Cotten Seiler

Last year President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela announced the appearance of what a Dutch national newspaper called an “anticapitalist car.” The two models, named by Chávez himself as the “Orinoco” and the “Arauca,” after rivers that run through Venezuela, are locally assembled under a preferential license agreement with the Chinese automaker Chery. The cars are sold for half the price of other makes and are marketed to the expanding Venezuelan middle class. They are intended as “new attainments of the revolution” that are meant to raise the “standard of life of the people.” This new venture was in a tradition that Chávez’s opponents claim started in 2006, when he came close to making a similar deal with Iranian president Ahmadinejad.

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Autonomous Driving and the Transformation of Car Cultures

Jutta Weber and Fabian Kröger

have been developed that renew the promise of the automobile. Most of them have become standard features in contemporary car models. Nowadays, however, researchers at high-tech companies, in the automotive industry and in academia, are pursuing an even

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Mimi Sheller and Gijs Mom

China in ways that are also producing new kinds of gender identities and gendered practices. She understands cycling as an assemblage involving various models of bicycle, government policies, cyclists, bike manufacturers, bike shops, and images and

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Florian Krobb and Dorit Müller

Reise um die Welt und Ansichten vom Niederrhein ” [The strange is the familiar is the strange: Epistemic models in Georg Forster’s Journey around the world and Aspects of the Lower Rhine ], in Colloquium Helveticum 42 (2011): 115–135. 8 Urs