Governmobility in making societies

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution



Mobility is often associated with flow and freedom; nonetheless it is also about power and government. While mobility studies have shown how interpersonal social relations are increasingly supported by mobile technologies, it seems less obvious what the political technologies are in coping with mobility, which make societies possible. The association of people into societies does not only emerge from sociation. In addressing questions posed by Bruno Latour about the assembling of societies, two bodies of literature are discussed. First mobility studies inspired by John Urry. Second the concepts of power, territory and governmentality inspired by Michel Foucault. From discussing how mobility is involved in the making and governing of societies, the paper suggests that the concept of governmobility is key to understanding how societies are made.

Emneord: mobility, society, governmobility, Foucault, Urry
Period25 Sep 2009
Event titleGlobalisation and the Transformation of Europe's Borders: Borders and Mobilities: null
Event typeConference
Conference number4
LocationAalborg, Denmark


  • mobility
  • society
  • governmobility
  • Foucault
  • Urry