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Ivan V. Small

Vietnam has been the focus of a creative and burgeoning body of academic, policy, and industry research broadly focused on mobility. This review is designed to give an inter-disciplinary overview of some of the new mobility related academic work on Vietnam and reflect on the broader political, economic and social contexts and catalysts of the mobility turn. The review considers three sub themes: transportation mobility, migratory mobility, and social mobility. It concludes with some reflections on the potentials and limitations for intersection between these fields, and anticipations of new mobility research areas in the coming years.

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(Dis)Connected Rail

Infrastructural Suspension and Phatic Politics in Romania

Adrian Deoanca

The political force of infrastructures is often attributed to their functioning as designed, while their political afterlives remain underexplored. In this article, I explore ethnographically the phatic force of ruins of infrastructure, by dwelling on a liminal railroad segment in Romania that remains unrehabilitated many years after its breakdown. Such an open-ended state of suspension allows the isolation of infrastructure’s political and affective dimensions. The Giurgiu-Bucharest railroad met its demise in 2005 in the wake of heavy floods, producing an infrastructural gap that impacts local mobility and unravels the postsocialist social contract. State authorities and citizens engage in tactics of remediation that, while unsuccessful in resuming traffic, maintain a sense of phatic connection that kindles nostalgia for the past and frustrates anticipation of the future. These tactics make the railroad a medium for hope and at the same time a symbol for the absolute impossibility of hope.

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At the Threshold to the New World

Equator Crossings, Sunsets, and Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques

Michael Bies

articulating expectations, anticipations, and hopes, which in turn betray their own individual knowledge or ignorance. Moreover, it is striking how writers attempt to gain a historical perspective on crossing the equator and to render the experience palpable by

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Blue Sky Matter

Toward an (In-flight) Understanding of the Sensuousness of Mobilities Design

Ole B. Jensen and Phillip Vannini

were living, breathing, human bodies who variously experienced feelings of excitement, anticipation, and fear, and encountered (often unnerving) three-dimensional kin-aesthetic sensations during the course of a flight, including pitching (nose moving up

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Embodied Vibrations

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

Gail Adams-Hutcheson

association with a number of emotions, such as exhilaration, excitement, happiness, anticipation, fearfulness, and anxiety, and as referred to above, some people become physically ill or sick to the stomach. 53 I also draw here on Sara Ahmed’s work to think

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Terry-Ann Jones

When nineteen-year-old Beto 1 arrived in the small, rural town of Guariba after a four-day bus trip from São Luis, he was filled with nervous anticipation. Guariba, located in the fertile plains of the state of São Paulo, is a world away from

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Mobile Disasters

Catastrophes in the Age of Manufactured Uncertainty

Steve Matthewman

. 1 (2016): 32–48. 20 Daniel Chaffee, “Digital Disaster Communities,” in The Consequences of Global Disasters , ed. Anthony Elliott and Eric L. Hsu (London: Routledge, 2016), 80–94. 21 Peter Adey and Ben Anderson, “Anticipation, Materiality, Event

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Nighttime Navigating

Moving a Container Ship through Darkness

Maria Borovnik

, endlessness, and fatigue; enclosing and even penetrating seafarers tangibly; making way for shared memories, recollections, and anticipation of vulnerabilities and corporeal experiences of danger. Nonetheless, seafarers’ knowingness is also established

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Heidi Morrison, James S. Finley, Daniel Owen Spence, Aaron Hatley, Rachael Squire, Michael Ra-shon Hall, Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin, Sibo Chen, Tawny Andersen, and Stéphanie Ponsavady

caption above read: “the predictions of mage Houellebecq.” His book Soumission ( Submission ) had just officially come out after much anticipation, including the first online leak of a French-language novel. Rumors about its Islamophobic depictions of

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Keep Moving, Stay Tuned

The Construction of Flow in and through Radio Traffic Reports

Marith Dieker

broadcast on air and was intended to invite drivers to alter their travel plans and thus potentially disrupt the anticipation of a free and fluent commute, which is at the heart of the ideal of private automobility. While attempting to facilitate flow on the