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Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder

As Katharina Manderscheid explores in this special section, autonomous vehicles—along with flying cars and unlimited, renewable fuel sources—have been consistently predicted by futurists for some time. Though we are unlikely to find ourselves

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Masculinity and Autonomous Vehicles

A Degendered or Resegregated Future System of Automobility?

Dag Balkmar and Ulf Mellström

even more so today when more energy-efficient forms of mobility are called for. The literature on autonomous cars and vehicles has engaged with concepts such as gender, anthropomorphization, and emotions to discuss what predicts trust in such vehicles

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Media Ecologies of Autonomous Automobility

Gendered and Racial Dimensions of Future Concept Cars

Julia M. Hildebrand and Mimi Sheller

driverless car to explore several different hypotheses. As advanced media and communication technologies, companies, and users become more deeply integrated with the autonomous car’s design and marketing, we seek to explore how they might further mesh

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From Autonomous to Socially Conceived Technology

Toward a Causal, Intentional and Systematic Analysis of Interests and Elites in Public Technology Policy

Gunnar K.A. Njálsson

When administrative scientists look to the current scholarship surrounding the phenomenon of technological development, they will inevitably be forced to grapple not only with an entire battery of abstract theories portraying technological development as more or less socially determined or autonomous. These policy analysts will also be obliged to struggle with the daunting task of developing a coherent, causal, subject-oriented and systematic framework for describing, comparing and even creating public technology policies. Understanding the spectrum of theories available when examining public information technology policy development (hereafter IT-policy) from an administrative sciences perspective, including how these theories relate to each other and differ in nature, is paramount to any attempt to formulate such a systematic framework regarding the subject. Indeed, it is crucial in order to defend one’s choice of methodology.

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Olga Kharus and Vyacheslav Shevtsov

Self-Government,” which discussed Siberian autonomy. Similar steps were taken in Irkutsk, Omsk, and other Siberian cities. In June 1917, the Tomsk Provincial People’s Assembly made a decision to transform Siberia into an autonomous state and to create

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Ina Schröder

This article shows how native people in remote Siberian settlements address social distress in their communities by transmitting local knowledge through organizing leisure activities for children and youth. The author examines the rationale, discourses, and practices of indigenous activists to establish vacation camps and unpacks young people's narratives of how they relate to this particular leisure activity. The camps are creative sites of cultural production and social hubs for participants. While young people are open to influences of popular cultures available in urban centers and villages, they contrast the social solidarity of the vacation forest camps with the individualization and social distress in villages and towns.

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Autonomous Driving and the Transformation of Car Cultures

Jutta Weber and Fabian Kröger

even more ambitious goal: fully autonomous driving. Existing concepts of the driverless car that may or may not hit the road in a few years’ time differ considerably. Something they all have in common, however, is that the promise of safer and more

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Processes of Territorialization in Mexico

Indigenous Government, Violence, and Comunalidad

Philipp Wolfesberger

. Since then, the community has been autonomously governed by a concejo mayor (senior council), where social collective authority resides. Even though the relationship with the exterior state system remains tense, the community has recovered its

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Translating Islam into Georgian

The Question of Georgian Muslim Identity in Contemporary Adjara

Ricardo Rivera

autonomous republic in southwestern Georgia, one of only two autonomous Soviet socialist republics (ASSR) granted autonomy on the basis of religious difference during the Soviet period. The population of Adjara is historically Muslim, having converted during

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A Hybrid Form of a Populist Right Movement

Ina Schmidt

social movements. As a result of the analysis presented below, the tenet of autonomous nationalism is added to Rydgren’s framework. The Pegida Movement Pegida is the German abbreviation of Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the