Foreword : On the Road

Abstract

It is on the road as a material experience of movement and legality that Sarah Marusek brilliantly captures in this book. The roadscape – for Marusek, the assemblage emergent from asphalt, signs, and lines and the normative commitments needed for the vehicles to keep rolling – is seemingly innocuous and not seen. Normally roads and the legalities that support them, the legalities imposed by them, and the forms of techno-mobile consumption anticipated and encouraged by them, are just there. Only seen and front-of-mind when absent. The pothole that jars and disrupts smooth travel. Or the road to be built over in disregard of a local community’s concerns. The roadscape is the habitus for modern life

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