The Way We Move Issue Feature

Culture

Coming of Age on Wheels

People usually think of mobility when they think about cars. However, while auto-mobility represents the main way in which cars for many young people offer an escape. They may also be used for other activities, many of which are incompatible with the act of driving. A car is also a “little living room,” “sonic envelope,” or an “acoustic cocoon” that provides a sense of privacy, a space in which individuals manage access to their domain and move away from reality.

Dr. Daniel Albero Santacreu treated the cars of young people on the small island of Mallorca, Spain (and his home) as archaeological dig sites, yielding an intricate understanding of their vulnerabilities and resilience.