Mobilities cultural turn of the 1970’s created this ‘New

Mobilities incorporate issues of movement in relation to people, capital,
information and ideas, the work of organisations and people’s lives revolve
around mobilities (Urry 2007). Mobility as a concept is fluid, many people and
objects are becoming more easily mobile in conjunction with developments in
technology and telecommunications. People are neither spending more time
travelling nor making more journeys, the crucial point is that they are
travelling further and faster whilst average travel time per day remains one
hour. However, the cultural turn
of the 1970’s created this ‘New Mobilities Paradigm’ which incorporated new
ways of thinking about socially and spatially differentiated mobilities. The
selection of readings below is ordered to argue how mobilities have transformed
with time and technology. Historically the basis for mobilities was spatial differences
in relation to predominantely the economic. With the progression of time,
growing concerns for differences in mobility and unequal accessibility have occurred
leading to more of a focus on the culturally complex interplays of mobility,
motility, accessibility, time, ageing, health and technology. It is important
to distinguish between conceptual and empirical research, in that conceptual
research focuses on the theory/concept that explains the phenomenon being studied
and empirical research focuses on verifying the concept with the theory behind
it being irrelevant.