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Congestion

Rationalising Automobility in the Face of Climate Change

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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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6. The conduct of transportation conduct

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The excerpts analysed in Chapter Six and Chapter Seven differ in a rather straightforward way. Whereas the parties to the focus group setting make the municipal strategy observably relevant in the excerpts in Chapter Seven, they do not do so in Chapter Six. Following this difference, the analyses in Chapter Six focus on how one’s own transportation conduct is made rationally accountable. On the other hand, the analyses in Chapter Seven focus on how the participants accomplish and negotiate the municipal strategy as a rational attempt to conduct the citizens’ transportation conduct. However, a very important point should be made concerning the different foci of the respective chapters. I understand the attempt to make oneself accountable for one’s own actions as an inherent part of governing, and, recalling Rose (1999), I consider this account work a part of governing, also when it is undertaken at the most molecular level. Accordingly, I understand the account work in both Chapter Six and Chapter Seven as an inherent part of governing.

Considering Chapter Six in more detail, it demonstrates how the parties to the focus group setting accomplish the rationally accountable moral order of transportation practices. As should be clear by now, I understand the in situ accomplishment of, for instance, an obligation to go by car as part and parcel of accomplishing the rational, moral order of transportation practices, that is, of accomplishing the conduct of one’s own transportation conduct. Hence, the analyses consist of the very simple...

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