The New Mobilities Paradigm


Sheller, M. & Urry, J. (2006). “The New Mobilities Paradigm”. In Environment and Planning A, 38 (2), 207-226. New York: SAGE Publications.

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Type of work: Article (academic)


Geography, Environment, Agriculture | Sociology


It seems that a new paradigm is being formed within the social sciences, the ‘new mobilities’ paradigm. Some recent contributions to forming and stabilising this new paradigm include work from anthropology, cultural studies, geography, migration studies, science and technology studies, tourism and transport studies, and sociology. In this paper we draw out some characteristics, properties, and implications of this emergent paradigm, especially documenting some novel mobile theories and methods. We reflect on how far this paradigm has developed and thereby to extend and develop the ‘mobility turn’ within the social sciences.