Cargomobilities: Moving Materials in a Global Age by Thomas Birtchnell, Visit Amazon's Satya Savitzky Page,

By Thomas Birtchnell, Visit Amazon's Satya Savitzky Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Satya Savitzky, , John Urry

Items and fabrics are at the circulate like by no means sooner than, frequently at stunning speeds and alongside hidden routeways. This assortment opens to social medical scrutiny some of the platforms which circulation gadgets in regards to the international, interpreting their fateful implications for lots of humans and locations. delivering texts from key thinkers, the publication offers case reviews from around the globe which record on efforts to set up, hold, disrupt or rework the cargo-mobility structures that have grown so dramatically in scale and value in contemporary many years.

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The wide open spaces and uncongested roadways that are attractive to logistics developers also may mean a lack of sufficient local infrastructure to accommodate new, large volumes of trucks. Rail lines that have received a handful of trains a day might become clogged with trains, to the detriment and reduced safety of local residents. The Alameda Corridor and Alameda Corridor East projects in Southern California demonstrate the extent to which distribution activity does not occur only on the docks or within the walls of a distribution center, but along transportation networks that intersect with the daily travels of millions of people (Callahan et al.

Nevertheless, the main function of transferring goods from water to land (or vice versa) still takes place only at the main port (Rodrigue et al. 2010) and cannot be displaced. Similarly, a number of authors have noted the movement of international borders across short or long distances, or the ‘placeness’ of the border itself (Burrell 2008; Frétigny 2013). In some of these cases, a simple interface is still employed; the border in one location for some goods and people and in another location for others, such as a distant airline terminal.

The ideal is therefore always to keep goods moving. This need for motion puts pressure on the provision of transportation infrastructure, from ports that are accessible to the largest container ships, to roadways that can handle high volumes of truck traffic, to increased capacity for rail within and between metropolitan areas. It also means that the location of freight activity is shifting from central cities to suburban areas with large tracts of land and low congestion (Hesse 2004; Cidell 2010).

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