Train Tracks

Work, Play and Politics on the Railways

Author: Gayle Letherby,Gillian Reynolds

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781845200831

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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This book provides an in-depth exploration of trains and train travel. Letherby and Reynolds have conducted extensive research with all those concerned with trains, from leisure travelers and enthusiasts to railway workers and commuters. Overturning conventional wisdom, they show that the train has a social life in and of itself and is not simply a way to get from A to B. The book also looks at the depiction of train travel through cultural media, such as music, films, books and art. Letherby and Reynolds consider the personal politics of train travel and political discussion surrounding the railways, as well as the relationship trains have to leisure and work. The media often paints a gloomy picture of the railways and there is a general view that that the romance of train travel ended with the steam locomotive. This book shows that this is far from the case.


Author: George Revill

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861899750

Category: Transportation

Page: 288

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In the nineteenth century, railways were viewed as a symbol of progress and confidence in technological modernity. In the twenty-first century, the frustrations of gridlocked traffic, record-high gas prices, and the looming fears of climate change have transformed the railway system once again into a symbol of hope that provides the possibility of an environmentally sustainable future. In Railway, George Revill examines the technology and politics of railway history, as well as related themes such as mobility, identity, design, marketing, and sustainability. In both practical and symbolic senses the cultural meanings of railways continue to play a role in how people organize and respond to modern environments, social problems, and technologies. Revill draws from art, literature, music, and film to illustrate how the railway carries meaning for all of us—creating connections and separations, detachment and involvement—from the routine commuter to the enthusiast. As Revill shows, railways inform our everyday language—from fast-track to side-track to going off the rails—and continue to fascinate us today. In this wide-ranging and well-illustrated look at railways across the globe, Revill ultimately reveals how central they are to our understanding of modern everyday life.

Transport Policy: Learning Lessons from History

Author: Colin Divall,Julian Hine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134808593

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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The key aim of this volume is to demonstrate ways in which an understanding of history can be used to inform present-day transport and mobility policies. This is not to say that history repeats itself, or that every contemporary transport dilemma has an historical counterpart: rather, the contributors to this book argue that in many contexts of transport planning a better understanding of the context and consequences of past decisions and processes could lead to more effective policy decisions. Collectively the authors explore the ways in which the methods and approaches of historical research may be applied to contemporary transport and policy issues across a wide range of transport modes and contexts. By linking two bodies of academic research that for the most part remain separate this volume helps to inform current transport and mobility policies and to stimulate innovative new research that links studies of both past and present mobilities.

Time, Consumption and Everyday Life

Practice, Materiality and Culture

Author: Elizabeth Shove,Frank Trentmann,Richard Wilk

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1847886248

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Has material civilization spun out of control, becoming too fast for our own well-being and that of the planet? This book confronts these anxieties and examines the changing rhythms and temporal organization of everyday life. How do people handle hurriedness, burn-out and stress? Are slower forms of consumption viable? In case studies covering the United States, Asia and Europe, international experts follow routines and rhythms, their emotional and political dynamics and show how they are anchored in material culture and everyday practice. Running themes of the book are questions of coordination and disruption; cycles and seasons; and the interplay between power and freedom, and between material and natural forces. The result is a volume that brings studies of practice, temporality and material culture together to open up a new intellectual agenda.

The Cultures of Alternative Mobilities

Routes Less Travelled

Author: Professor Phillip Vannini

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409492052

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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The Cultures of Alternative Mobilities presents a series of ethnographic studies, focusing on the local cultures of mobilities and immobilities, emphasizing the everyday sense of contingency and heterogeneity that accompanies them. Compensating for the excess of theory and criticism based on the notion of 'hypermobilities', this book sheds light on the nuanced differences and idiosyncrasies of mobility, with a view to rediscovering meanings and lifestyles marked by movement and immobility. Original, empirical and global case studies are presented by an international team of scholars, exploring the complex, negotiated and contingent nature of the social worlds of movement. By avoiding sweeping generalizations on the deeply connected and readily mobile nature of society as a whole, this volume sheds light on the diversity of mobility modes in an accessible and interdisciplinary form that will be of key interest, to sociologists, geographers and scholars of human mobility, communication and culture.

British Railway Enthusiasm

Author: Ian Carter

Publisher: Manchester University Press


Category: History

Page: 336

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This is the first academic book to study railway enthusiasts in Britain. Far from a trivial topic, the postwar train-spotting craze swept most boys and some girls into a passion for railways. For many in this cohort, train spotting ignited a lifetime's interest. British Railway Enthusiasm traces this postwar cohort and those who followed, as they moved through the life cycle. As the years turned these people invigorated different sectors in the world of railway enthusiasm--train spotting, railway modeling, collecting railway relics--and then, in response to widespread grief at main line steam traction's death, Britain's now-huge preserved railway industry. Today this industry finds itself riven by tensions between preserving a loved past which ever fewer people can remember and earning money from tourist visitors.

Personal and Political

Feminisms, Sociology and Family Lives

Author: Miriam E. David

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

ISBN: 9781858563053

Category: Education

Page: 227

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Miriam David reviews education policy and academic developments over the last thirty years in light of her own experience in family and higher education. She explores the relationships between social and family change, political movements and public policy developments and shows how they have influenced theories, research and methodologies in the academy. She examines three phases of political change: 1.Social democracy/liberalism and the rise of social movements especially feminism 2. Economic liberalism 3. The recent neo-liberalism She considers how each has influenced theories and practices around family, gender and higher education. Feminist theories in the academy have become embedded in the social sciences and new educational practices and pedagogy have developed around personal perspectives. The book shows how feminist research and ethnographic perspectives based on personal experiences, narratives, voices and stories are used to account for social and policy changes. Intended for departments of Women's Studies, Gender Studies and Sociology, this book will also be of interest to all women in the academy.

Writing the Rails

Train Adventures by the World's Best-Loved Writers

Author: Edward C. Goodman

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Pub

ISBN: 9781579122058

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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Rich and inviting, this collection of 101 train travel stories, both fact and fiction, by renowned writers from around the world and throughout history, is a feast for the armchair vagabond. The stories, essays, historic accounts, poetry, songs and other pieces that comprise this impressive anthology have been carefully selected from the widest range of sources to reflect the glories of travel by rail, from the Orient Express to the New York City subway. So many of the world's great writers have celebrated train travel, and here they are in one collection-Mary McCarthy on the Italian railways; Paul Theroux on the old Patagonia Express; Lewis Carroll from Through the Looking Glass; F. Scott Fitzgerald from Tender Is the Night; Ian Fleming, Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, Rudyard Kipling-by turns funny, exciting and moving, and a joy to read throughout. Whether your true love is travel, great literature or trains, you'll get lost in this eclectic and exotic compilation that extends to all parts of the globe and deep into the imaginations of our finest writers.