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Automobile Politics: Ecology and Cultural Political Economy Paperback – Aug 6 2007

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (Aug. 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521691303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521691307
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #830,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Quite simply the definitive book on car culture and global environmental politics. Paterson convincingly explains the rise of automobility, its umbilical link to the ecological and socio-economic unsustainability of capitalist accumulation as well as outlining the powerful cultural and ideological dynamics that 'naturalise' and 'normalise' the car; while also offering strategies of resistance to the car and alternative mobility futures for car-addicted societies. Comprehensive, authoritative, scholarly and eloquently written, Paterson has set the gold standard by which other contributions to this field must be judged.' John Barry, Reader in Politics, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast

'Matthew Paterson brings together political and cultural theories to develop an intricate environmental analysis of the political economy of automobiles. Scholars and students of global ecological change will not want to miss the opportunity to engage with his original and provocative conclusions.' Peter Dauvergne, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Politics, University of British Columbia

'This book is not just about cars. It is about a global economic system and a complex set of cultural practices that have produced the modern, mobile subject. With his characteristic creative flair, Matthew Paterson demonstrates that we need to understand how this peculiarly modern subject emerged before we can move beyond automobility and discover other forms of freedom and motion that revitalise both local communities and ecosystems.' Robyn Eckersley, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Melbourne

'Matthew Paterson has done it again, this time with a tour de force on the automobile! As in his previous works on environment and climate change, he navigates with aplomb and clarity the endless and mystifying detours associated with motor cars, those who drive them, and the societies built around them. Paterson's navigation of the automobility system should be required reading for those concerned about technology, environment and sustainability as well as in classes on democratic politics, global political economy, and international relations.' Ronnie D. Lipschutz, Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz

'This is a horrifically compelling account of why, despite the obvious need for alternatives, global development centres on the car. ... anyone seeking deeper analysis of the car's dominance will not be disappointed.' London Cyclist

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Matthew Paterson identifies the political forces that have led to the dominant role of the car in contemporary society and argues that projects to reduce the environmental impacts of cars need to deal with these forces in order to achieve their goals.

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