Indeed "pacified by rapid movement without arousal ....". These academics
have been there, seen that, got the T-shirt - or so I think from a fleeting
scan. Thanks for posting these. Fabulous!
Take Featherstone: "Yet the experience of driving cannot be held as a
neutral factor and as Edensor (2004) argues, driving slowly in a car with
the windows wound down, through an Indian street full of activity,
sensations and distractions, is a very different autoscape from a Western
urban motorway with its underpasses and flyovers designed to minimize
aesthetic interruptions. The experience of driving through the city, Richard
Sennett (1994: 15) remarks is symptomatic of how urban space has become a
mere function of motion¹, encouraging a tactile sterility¹ in which the
body is pacified¹ by rapid movement without arousal (cited in Edensor,
2004). One thinks here of the dominance of the car in certain cities such as
Los Angeles, where nearly half the land amounts to car-only environments
(Urry, 2000: 193). The urban motorway or freeway, as a featureless space to
pass through on the way to somewhere else, could be taken to suggest that
driving in the city is a much impoverished experience when compared to
walking (for a critique of this position and the work of de Certeau see
Nigel Thrift /this issue)."
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> Theory, Culture & Society - Automobilities issue
> In the spirit of 'know thy enemy'. Papers all available online.