Linked and Distributed Mobilities

Linked and Distributed Mobilities

Movements of people, things, information, and energy are inter-related. Mobilities are distributed too, for instance residents’ immobility during the COVID pandemic 2020-21 relied on the heightened mobility of essential workers, while the reduction of human movement in general resulted in the increasing mobility of animals. Furthermore, businesses, governments and other actors are creating new connections among movements, through technological innovation, logistical development, environmental interventions and multispecies imagination. Migration infrastructure conditions mobilities through the interlinkages, bringing knowledge and practice into new relations.


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This entry proposes the notion of the ‘short circuit’ to grasp the transnational circulation of stolen contemporary objects of wealth. With a focus on electronics theft in South Africa, short circuits are viewed as violent levelling mechanisms between regions of plenty and scarcity, which bypass social, economic, and logistical conventions to instantly satisfy desires for material wealth.— Brandaan Huigen
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