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Rationalising Automobility in the Face of Climate Change


Laura Bang Lindegaard

The book investigates the negotiation of governmental rationalities of car-dependent life in the face of climate change. It appears that current forms of governing are bound up with a specific utilisation of the freedom of the governed. Accordingly, the book demonstrates how the governing of automobility unfolds as people account for and, hence, conduct their transportation practices. In this way, it unravels how villagers in a small Danish village negotiate a municipal strategy and conduct their transportation practices in ways that merely sustain the villagers’ already maintained car-dependent life forms.
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First of all, I would like to thank the citizens of Horslunde who participated in my empirical study. Without you this book would not have been. Not only is the book dependent on the fact that you spent afternoons and evenings patiently participating in my focus groups; it is also dependent on your enthusiasm and warmth in doing so. Furthermore, I am grateful to my colleagues at Aalborg University, particularly my supervisors Paul McIlvenny and Inger Lassen, and to my husband, Henrik. Without all of you, I would not have been able to complete the work with this book.

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