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Social exclusion, mobility and access.

Cass, Noel and Shove, Elizabeth and Urry, John (2005) Social exclusion, mobility and access. The Sociological Review, 53 (3). pp. 539-555. ISSN 0038-0261

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Abstract

Much of the literature on social exclusion ignores its 'spatial' or 'mobility' related aspects. This paper seeks to rectify this by examining the mobile processes and infrastructures of travel and transport that engender and reinforce social exclusion in contemporary societies. To the extent to which this issue is addressed, it is mainly organized around the notion of 'access' to activities, values and goods. This paper examines this discourse in some detail. It is argued that there are many dimensions of such access, that improving access is a complex matter because of the range of human activities that might need to be 'accessed', that in order to know what is to be accessed the changing nature of travel and communications requires examination, and that some dimensions of access are only revealed through changes in the infrastructure that 'uncover' previously hidden social exclusions. Claims about access and socio-spatial exclusion routinely make assumptions about what it is to participate effectively in society. We turn this question around, also asking how mobilities of different forms constitute societal values and sets of relations, participation in which may become important for social inclusion. This paper draws upon an extensive range of library, desk and field research to deal with crucial issues relating to the nature of a fair, just and mobile society.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Sociological Review
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
VC's Office
ID Code: 11283
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2008 16:14
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:19
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11283

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