John Urry

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John Richard Urry (born June 1, 1946 in London , † March 18, 2016 in Lancaster , Lancashire ) was a British sociologist. Most recently, he was Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University . His work is particularly influential in social and cultural geography .

Urry studied at the University of Cambridge , where he passed his bachelor and master ’s exams and obtained his Ph.D. received his doctorate. Since 1985 he has been a professor at Lancaster University.

Initially, his research interests were in political power and political revolutions, dealing with various Marxist theorists such as Antonio Gramsci and Louis Althusser . Later, in his research, he turned to social change on a global scale, especially to that associated with increasing mobility.

The University of Roskilde awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2004.

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  • Peter Adey and David Bissell: Mobilities, meetings, and futures: an interview with John Urry . In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 28, 2010, pp. 1-16.
  • Peter Adey: John Urry . In: Key Thinkers on Space and Place , 2nd ed., Ed. by Phil Hubbard and Rob Kitchin, London a. a. 2010, ISBN 9781849201025 , pp. 432-439.

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