Book Review (compiled)

Martha Bell
2012 Sites a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies  
Mobile Lives interprets everyday activities, practices and experiences with theory. The authors, Anthony Elliott and John Urry, demonstrate the complexity of modern lives, emphasising the interplay of mobility, personal relationships, technological solutions and global consequences. The sources for their text are varied, with both narrative from research participants and contextual interpretations of the technology and tools used in mobile lives. The authors chose this approach because it
more » ... ch because it allows them to demonstrate the interplay between mobile lives and the processes and systems that support them. This is an engaging read, providing a thorough focus on the mobile lives of affluent, employed people, which the authors portray in a readable, engaging narrative. The narrative is supported by focused theoretical discussion that concentrates on the individual level interests. There is, however, little consideration of the context of long-term and broader health and well-being of families and communities, other than a discussion about the futility of relying on carbon-based consumption for movement and mobility.
doi:10.11157/sites-vol9iss1id193 fatcat:a4xrg7tlorfjdj6o3ojewidxfm