After the Car by Kingsley Dennis

By Kingsley Dennis

It's tricky to visualize a global with out the auto, and but that's precisely what Dennis and Urry got down to do during this provocative new publication. They argue that the times of the automobile are numbered: robust forces around the globe are undermining the automobile method and should bring in a brand new shipping approach someday within the following few a long time. particularly, the booklet examines how numerous significant approaches are shaping the way forward for how we commute, including:
• international warming and its many worldwide consequences
• Peaking of oil supplies
• elevated digitisation of many facets of financial and social life
• enormous international inhabitants increases
The authors examine adjustments in know-how, coverage, economic climate and society, and make a resounding argument for a destiny the place, via necessity, the current automobile approach may be re-designed and re-engineered.

Yet the ebook additionally means that there are a few highly bleak dilemmas dealing with the 21st century. The authors lay out what they think about to be attainable ‘post-car’ destiny situations. those they describe as ‘local sustainability’, ‘regional warlordism’ and ‘digital networks of control’.

After The Car should be of serious curiosity to planners, coverage makers, social scientists, futurologists, these operating in undefined, in addition to common readers.

Some have defined the 20 th Century because the century of the automobile. Now that century has come to a detailed – and issues are approximately to change.

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The tipping point is reached and extraordinary benefits Aow throughout the network of offices which all possess the newly fashionable fax machine. TIME Central to all the system effects we have just set out i s the importance of time and of how systems move through time. Systems are in process. This significance of time for the very nature and develop­ ment of systems is particularly shown in thermodynamics. Rather than there being a reversibility of time as held in clas­ sical physics, a clear distinction is drawn between what has passed and what lies in the future.

Local citizens were left without alternatives other than cars and buses. 19 This conspiracy helped the car rapidly to become a con­ sumer good owned and driven by private individuals (mainly men), offering utopian notions of progress. The car's unre­ lenting expansion of, and domination over, other systems of movement came to be viewed as natural and inevitable. Nothing, it was thought, should stand in the way of the car's modernizing path and its capacity to eliminate the constraints of time and physical space.

F T E H T H E C A H many families Ji,�ng in the American suburbs. These new consumer cars were driven by their owners and not, as was more common in Europe, by professional drivers. And peo­ ple's homes were increasingly powered by electricity and full of self-operated consumer goods. 16 AJso, the success of assembly line production gave the US automotive industry a dominant market position that quickly spread worldwide. As the US auto-industry grew, so European car manufacturers such as Citroen and Peugeot adopted assembly line production.

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