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A Transformative Practice? Meaning, Competence, and Material Aspects of Driving Electric Cars in Norway

Marianne Ryghaug and Marit Toftaker

This article focuses on the introduction of electric vehicles in Norway and how electrical cars are understood culturally in relation to conventional car use. Theoretically, elements of social practice theory and the analysis of processes of domestication are combined to frame practical, cognitive, and symbolic dimensions of electric car use. The empirical data consists of individual and focus group interviews with electric car users. The analysis unpacks the implications of user-designated meaning in driving practices, competencies considered necessary when driving electric cars, and the material aspects regarded as critical features of electric car driving. Preliminary findings suggest that the practice of electric car driving alters user habits by making transportation needs more salient and raises both the technological and energy consumption awareness of users.

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Mobilities and the Multinatural

A Test Case in India

Thomas Birtchnell

the systems that aff ord movement through the world are made up of many different elements including technologies, infrastructures, energies, cultures, social practices, and norms. While transport and urban policymaking and planning take into account

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Pluralizing Mobilities Theory for Post-carbon Futures and Social Justice

Mimi Sheller

climate loops together questions of human justice with questions of more-than-human ethics and rights of nature in regard to the socioecological transformations embedded in modern energy culture at every scale. An understanding of the history of racial

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Agony and the Anthropos

Democracy and Boundaries in the Anthropocene

Amanda Machin

can be marked differences in the lifestyle and energy cultures of each human generation, which highlights the “temporally fluid social relations” of human cultures ( Malm and Hornborg 2014: 66 ). The Anthropocene was not inevitable but emerged as a