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After the Car by [Dennis, Kingsley, Urry, John]
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"Dennis and Urry show us how to do social science: how to move effortlessly between the macro and the micro,how to integrate problem spaces we once thought incommensurate, how to understand how we got to where we are and where we might be going."
Journal of Sociology

"Dennis and Urry exhibit a refreshing understanding of the sheer inefficiency and inconvenience of cars."
Lynsey Hanley, The Guardian

"One great aspect of this book is that it manages to build some possible and realistic view of the future without neglecting its unpredictability. After the Car is a very inspiring book that we would recommend to all people interested in the future of transportation systems especially those convinced by the importance of carfree perspectives in building it."

"One of the toughest things to do is to anticipate discontinuity, to envisage a world – a life – beyond the car. The authors practice this art of the impossible in a fascinating way, opening up the social and sociological imagination for alternative paths of modernization."
Ulrich Beck, University of Munich

"A persuasive and readable summary of why motoring as we know it is doomed. The authors systematically chart the new technologies, oil shortages, environmental and other pressures changing the way we travel and the world we live in. If you want to know what the future might look like, this book is for you. Jeremy Clarkson is an endangered species!"
Steven Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport

"After the Car is a useful contribution to the debate about the role of the car which poses some interesting questions about its future."
Tony Bosworth, Friends of the Earth

From the Back Cover

It is difficult to imagine a world without the car, and yet that is exactly what Dennis and Urry set out to do in this provocative new book. They argue that the days of the car are numbered: powerful forces around the world are undermining the car system and will usher in a new transport system sometime in the next few decades. Specifically, the book examines how several major processes are shaping the future of how we travel, including:
  • Global warming and its many global consequences
  • Peaking of oil supplies
  • Increased digitisation of many aspects of economic and social life
  • Massive global population increases

The authors look at changes in technology, policy, economy and society, and make a convincing argument for a future where, by necessity, the present car system will be re–designed and re–engineered.

Yet the book also suggests that there are some hugely bleak dilemmas facing the twenty first century. The authors lay out what they consider to be possible ′post–car′ future scenarios. These they describe as ′local sustainability′, ′regional warlordism′ and ′digital networks of control′.

After The Car will be of great interest to planners, policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, those working in industry, as well as general readers.

Some have described the 20th Century as the century of the car. Now that century has come to a close and things are about to change.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 074564421X
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (18 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CGH031G
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #755,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There is a huge debate going on in the media at present about the need both economically and environmentally to develop a `green' or low carbon economy. This is not at all easy! What this book does is set out what is needed in terms of a low carbon transport system and how all sorts of different elements have to develop and get linked in together. Where this book impressed me is in its employment of complex systems to view the problem. We have to consider that our global car economy has been a `locked-in' system for over a century. And it's a system that is supported by huge vested interests...so to think in linear terms is like substituting one monopoly for another. So `After the Car' asks us to think about how systems operate and how the present, fossilised `car system' may merge into a 21st century networked low-carbon system. Alternatively, it suggests the possibility that `disruptive innovations' may enter the system from the periphery and `tip' the car system into a new arrangement. Could new fuel alternatives help in this system tipping? Perhaps - yet the book suggests this will not happen if the alternative is another corporate fuel monopoly, such as the red-herring `agro-fuel' debate so hotly tipped (and now so widely discredited).

Through a series of chapters the book outlines how the car system got `locked-in'; what constitutes such systems; and what impacts may converge to shift the car system into a different assemblage or mobility network. Outlined are various models that are underway and which offer possible insights. Yet the book is not solely about the car - it examines the wider context of which the car is a central focus.
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