Tropical Geography ›› 2020, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (3): 455-465.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.003250

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See the World from a Mobile PerspectiveA Review on “Mobility” Edited by Peter Adey

Cai Xiaomei1,2(), Bu Meiling1a(), Li Jun1,a2()   

  1. 1.a. School of Tourism Management; b. Research Center for Cultural Industry and Cultural Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
    2.Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory(Zhuhai), Zhuhai 519080, China
  • Received:2020-01-03 Revised:2020-05-13 Online:2020-05-31 Published:2020-06-30
  • Contact: Li Jun;;


Social mobility is transforming the way we survive , as well as our place of residence and production. Studies in mobility have evolved from a dispersive and independent mode to a multi-disciplinary form, led by geography and sociology , and have become a new multilevel interdisciplinary paradigm. Peter Adey’s Mobility (2nd Edition) is a classic textbook sorting out the evolutionary research path of mobility, interpreting its theories, and citing cases and methods from previous studies. This study summarizes main aspects of this book based on the background for the mobility research, its main contents, research methods, etc. Instead of dualism, future work could adopt networking and dialectical approaches to contemplate the world before conducting research on mobility. Additionally, future studies need to be grounded in a thorough understanding of the meaning, politics and practice of mobility, and related media. This study further suggests the conduction of future studies within the context of the politics of mobility, the spatiotemporal dimension of mobility, its relation to tourism, etc.

Key words: mobility transformation, Mobility, paradigm of new mobility, politics of mobility, Peter Adey

CLC Number: 

  • K90