Automobile Politics by Matthew Paterson
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Automobile Politics
By Matthew Paterson

Automobile Politics

Ecology and Cultural Political Economy

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Automobile Politics by Matthew Paterson

Book Awards

  • Winner of BISA International Political Economy Group Book Prize 2008.

Book Description

The car, and the range of social and political institutions which sustain its dominance, play an important role in many of the environmental problems faced by contemporary society. But in order to understand the possibilities for moving towards sustainability and 'greening cars', it is first necessary to understand the political forces that have made cars so dominant. This book identifies these forces as a combination of political economy and cultural politics. From the early twentieth century, the car became central to the organization of capitalism and deeply embedded in individual identities, providing people with a source of value and meaning but in a way which was broadly consistent with social imperatives for mobility. Projects for sustainability to reduce the environmental impacts of cars are therefore constrained by these forces but must deal with them in order to shape and achieve their goals.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521870801
ISBN-10: 0521870801
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Examines the role of the car in contemporary society and its contribution to environmental problems.

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Author Biography - Matthew Paterson

Matthew Paterson is Professor of Political Science in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Understanding Global Environmental Politics: Domination, Accumulation, Resistance (2000), Energy Exporters and Climate Change (with Peter Kassler, 1997) and Global Warming and Global Politics (1996).

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