The car is able to accommodate the driver in a range of forms limited only by the design of the car. Personality can be expressed through the type of car, seat covers and choice of music, in much the same way as a home is shaped by personal furnishing choices. The car bears the driver from the home to the workplace and family, friends and leisure, in relative comfort, privacy and security. At the same time the technologies of the car enable interconnectedness with others and with home from anywhere. These and other elements of home that are included in automobile spaces is explored through Urry’s (2000) notion of dwelling as bound up with mobility, and home as locations and connections (bell hooks 2009). From the mobile commuter in a private car to tradesman’s ute and van and the proliferation of back packer mobility with the availability of cheap campervans, motor vehicles allow an intimacy and sociality that is like home. The car serves as transport and refuge, as a dwelling place that we can return to and appropriate.
|Title of host publication||Re-imagining home in the 21st Century|
|Editors||Justine Lloyd, Ellie Vasta|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
Redshaw, S. (2017). Mobile my spaces: Home in cars, working vehicles and contrasting dwelling for backpackers in campervans and homeless car sleepers. In J. Lloyd, & E. Vasta (Eds.), Re-imagining home in the 21st Century (pp. 87-101). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781786432933