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Rethinking Children's Independent Mobility

Revealing Cultures of Children's Agentic and Imaginative Mobilities through Emil and the Detectives

Lesley Murray

The concept of “children's independent mobility,” which originates in a study carried out between 1971 and 1990, underpins much of the research on children's mobilities. The study used particular criteria, based on parental determination of children's abilities and freedoms, to construct a notion of independence. This article contributes to previous work challenging the assumptions underlying this conceptualization of independence and suggests a rethinking of children's mobilities to more firmly incorporate children's agency and imagination. It does so first by critically reviewing existing scholarship and second by engaging with an example of a fictional story, Emil and the Detectives, which itself sets out to privilege both of these key aspects of children's mobilities.

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Imagining Futures of Energy

Views from Central Asia

Markus S. Schulz

experienced remarkable economic growth for most of the quarter century since its independence, though recent price declines shrank it to merely 1 percent, 5 thus narrowing leverage for poverty reduction and increasing pressures for economic diversification

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Ocean, Motion, Emotion

Mobilities and Mobilizations in the Pacific

Matt Matsuda

Line Islands were used during the Cold War for nuclear weapons testing. In the decolonizing Pacific, independence in the 1970s brought self-government but also separation and claims for autonomy between different island groups. Marine products

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From the Auto-mobile to the Driven Subject?

Discursive Assertions of Mobility Futures

Katharina Manderscheid

, independence, and power, as well as risk and adventure. On this token, there seems to be a strong association between car driving and hegemonic masculinity, 31 with control of technology being an important element of the construction of male identities. 32

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Cotten Seiler

shortly after the achievement of independence had a consanguinary whiteness, understood as European heritage, at its heart. Key moments in this process of demarcation include the 1790 Naturalization Act, which expressly limited citizenship to “free white

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Autonomous Driving and the Transformation of Car Cultures

Jutta Weber and Fabian Kröger

The automobile elicits a wide range of feelings: the pleasure of driving may include the experience of power, freedom, autonomy, independence, speed—and virility. 1 In daily road congestion, however, the pursuit of individual mobility often

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On Growing a Journal

A View from the South

Georgine Clarsen

national contexts?” My critical focus was largely on the much-vaunted independence, freedom, and mobility automobile technology conferred and how that was shaped by gender, class, place, and historical context. By the end of the 1990s, however, that kind of

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Organic Vehicles and Passengers

The Tsetse Fly as Transient Analytical Workspace

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

There are over twenty-three known species of tsetse fly throughout Africa. Of these, three terrorized Southern Rhodesia throughout the duration of British settler rule, and even after the country gained its independence and became the Republic

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Becoming “Pacific-Minded”

Australian Middlebrow Writers in the 1940s and the Mobility of Texts

Anna Johnston

1972 Papua New Guinea attained self-government. Samoa gained independence in 1962; Nauru in 1968; Fiji and Tonga in 1970. Tahiti remains an “overseas collectivity” of France, with its own legislative assembly. Nineteenth-century Australian interventions

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Raili Nugin

in the political arena frames the processes of (re)structuring a rural economy. 8 After regaining independence, the Estonian hegemonic ideological ideal was a return to the period of the interwar republic (1918–1940)—the newly restored republic