Chapter 24. Mobilities and Social Theory

  1. Professor Bryan S. Turner Professor
  1. John Urry BA, MA, PhD Professor Head Founding Dean Dean Fellow Founding Academician Member Chair honorary doctorate Director

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch24

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

How to Cite

Urry, J. (2008) Mobilities and Social Theory, in The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (ed B. S. Turner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch24

Editor Information

  1. Alona Evans Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College Boston, USA

Author Information

  1. Lancaster University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169004

Online ISBN: 9781444304992



  • mobilities and social theory - mobilities paradigm;
  • a-mobile social science;
  • Simmel and mobilities;
  • sedentarism;
  • nomadism;
  • materials on the move;
  • migrations and diasporas;
  • proximities and pleasures;
  • systems


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Mobilities Paradigm

  • A-Mobile Social Science

  • Simmel and Mobilities

  • Sedentarism

  • Nomadism

  • Materials on the Move

  • Migrations and Diasporas

  • Proximities and Pleasures

  • Systems

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography