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Mobilities, mobile work and habitation : truck drivers and the crisis in occupational auto-mobility in the UK.

Gregson, Nicky (2018) 'Mobilities, mobile work and habitation : truck drivers and the crisis in occupational auto-mobility in the UK.', Mobilities., 13 (3). pp. 291-307.


This paper examines the relation between mobilities and mobile work through a focus on occupational auto-mobility and habitation. Drawing on qualitative research conducted on truck drivers/driving in South-east England, it shows habitation emerges when driving stops; that it is cab-based dwelling-in-transit and nomadic dwelling rooted in and bounded by the material culture of the cab; and that it is displaced to the margins and interstices of the road and logistical network. The paper highlights the discomfort of cab-based habitation and its limits, in sanitation, and examines how recent developments at distribution centres intensify discomfort by denying cab-based habitation. These developments recast the relation of occupational auto-mobility and habitation through transient dwelling and are key to understanding the current crisis in labour supply in truck driving.

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Date accepted:04 July 2017
Date deposited:05 July 2017
Date of first online publication:27 July 2017
Date first made open access:27 January 2019

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