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Mobilization is the action by which individuals are called upon to gather in the public space for a concerted effort, be it to express or defend a common cause or to participate in an event. In this respect, it is a social phenomenon appertaining to mobility. This article has been written by Sylvie Landriève, Dominic Villeneuve, Vincent Kaufmann and Christophe Gay.
Zygmunt Bauman (1925 - 2017) was one of the greatest social theorists and public intellectuals of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In his writings mobility figures as an ambivalent practice and a defining aspect of major institutional transformations sweeping through contemporary societies.
The mobilities paradigm is a way of seeing the world that is sensitive to the role of movement in ordering social relations. It serves to legitimize questions about the practical, discursive, technological, and organizational ways in which societies deal with distance and the appropriate methods for their study.
British sociologist John Urry (1946-2016) was Distinguished Professor at Lancaster University and co-founder and director of the Centre for Mobilities Research from 2004 to 2015. Since the mid 1990s he advocated a shift in the focus of sociology from the study of a-spatial social structures to the study of mobilities. This approach was developed in books such as Sociology Beyond Societies and Mobilities.