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The autonomobility system: Mobility justice and freedom under sustainability

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Abstract

We critique the social norm of mobility as a basic need for the 'good life' and associated compulsions to be auto-mobile that create environmental and justice problems. We argue that the automobility system is unjust and unsustainable because it differently imposes environmental harms and curtails freedom from compulsion and the autonomy not to move and pursue alternative ends. The model, we develop to replace automobility is 'autonomobility', which foregrounds the freedom from compusion to move or to stay as the normative basis necessary for realizing mobility justice in the context of resource scarcity. The model proposes collective froms of movement for just social relations, situating human flourishing in relation to environmental limitations and distributional equity. (Summary by Cook/Butz 2018: 16)