Who moves freely? Who gets stopped? In this talk, Mimi Sheller offers an overview of how the regimes of power that govern movement produce inequality and differential mobilities at all levels.
On a local level where the circulation of people, resources, and information privileges elites, while preventing access and endangering the poor. On an urban scale, with questions of public transport, “the right to the city,” sustainable mobilities, and “green gentrification.” On the planetary level, where tourists and wealthy elites roam freely, while migrants and those most in need are imprisoned at the borders or sent back to zones of violence and climate disaster.
The struggle for mobility justice must connect the body, street, city, nation, and planet; and can forge new connections among social movements.
Mimi Sheller, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Together with John Urry, she helped to establish the new interdisciplinary field of mobilities research. She is author of multiple articles and books, including Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes (Verso, 2018).