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The autonomobility system: Mobility justice and freedom under sustainability

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Publication date2/10/2018
Host publicationMobilities, Mobility Justice and Social Justice
EditorsNancy Cook, David Butz
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780429785436
ISBN (Print)9780815377030
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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)