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Car culture

The car as a dominant technology, pervading social relations, human geography, national economies, and the concrete experiences of individuals, has been a largely ignored theme in humanist sciences and sociology. the discourse on “automobility” is chiefy driven by the natural and technical sciences, as well as publicists, leading to (reductionist) views that the issue is primarily one of technology. Drawing on F. Sigaut’s writings and rare ethnographical (D. Miller) and sociological (J. Urry) studies, we aim to show that quite the opposite thesis is relevant: the essential issue about cars is, in Daniel Miller’s words, its “humanity”.