Governmobility: The Powers of Mobility

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    Abstract

    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 clear how mobilities are involved in governing societies. Inspired by Michel Foucault’s concept of governmentality and his 1978 lectures on security, territory and population, this article suggests that societies are increasingly governed through mobility, rather than there being government of mobility. If circulation has become a producer of, rather than an obstacle to, societies, then governmobility is a meaningful concept relating to how societies are ruled through connections. In conclusion, the article asks: what are the implications of governmobility for border studies, and more broadly, what are the powers of mobility studies?
    Translated title of the contributionGouvernemobilitet: Mobilitetens magt
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalMobilities
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)20-34
    ISSN1745-0101
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2013

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