Editorial Reviews. Review. Because it made possible rapid movement and In The Railway Journey, Schivelbusch examines the origins of this. The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century. Wolfgang Schivelbusch. Copyright Date: Edition: 1. Published. Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century (1). Berkeley, US: University of California.

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But, while alluding to it in places, his study nearly entirely leaves out the almost conspiratorial corporate capitalism that drove railway construction in both Europe and the US and, to me, that leaves the political-economy jouurney inexcusably underdeveloped.

I read this a couple of years ago for a grad sociology text.

The Railway Journey

Implicit in Schivelbusch’s discussion is how we understand the world through metaphor and simile, however the new phenomena is coloured, or perhaps take on the flavour, of the object of comparison. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Labour was expensive, while land was everywhere. The rail-network is both a crucial part of the physical infrastructure of the country and of the mind.

The Industrialization and Perception of Time and Space 4. Even a new technology — and you may have noticed this if you have switched from a paper system to an electronic one in your working life — does not start out to realise its own potential but instead seeks to replicate what already exists.


May 23, Dirk rated it it was amazing Shelves: At the same time the need for storage and sidings turned the areas around stations into industrialised zones. With his usual deft handling and gift for synthesis, Schivelbusch tells a complex, engaging story. The cost was fear, anxiety and stress, new nervous illnesses railway spineand the shock of surviving crashes and accidents as the system, which represented our technological “progress” toward overcoming nature, malfunctioned.


Despite its imperfections, I think there’s a reason this book is still available and being read 40 years on: Open Preview See a Problem? Foreword by alan trachtenberg. Plus, by comparing British, US, French and German cultural changes, he really shows just how culturally specific technology and it’s impact are.

I particularly enjoyed the comparisons between European and American railways, his discussion of upholstery, and the last chapter – this last seems like a thematic diversion at first, but manages to pull together most of his major themes in a very interesting way. Dec 22, Ian rated it really liked it.

Its been fifteen years since I first read this book – and it is still one of my favorites! It builds up steam towards the industrialisation joudney travel, with the traveller as product, delivered to their destination. Stagecoach travel presumed a particular way of relating to others and the landscape.

Mobility Broadly, the word mobility can be defined as the intention to move and the realization of this movement in geographical rrailway, implying a social change.

Stations, particularly the great terminus stations on the verges of major cities, needed arterial roads capable of servicing them with goods and passengers. Describing the train as a projectile, the passengers would conceive of themselves as being shot through a landscape that had become unrecognizable.

Where Schivelbusch gets derailed sorry, couldn’t resistI think, is when he gets Freudian in his discussion of fear and pathology on the railway journey. You do not currently have access to this article. In The Railway Journey, he examines the origins of industrialized consciousness by exploring the reactions to the many cultural and sociological changes brought about by the railroad.

View all 18 comments. This transport studies classic examines the contingent origins of the railway as a symbol of industrial life in Europe, highlighting the co-evolving relationship between the technology and the cultural, economic and spatial contexts in which it was invented and developed. Alessandra rated it liked it Nov 15, He makes fascinating links between scholarly debates Freud, Marx, Simmel and others and contemporary development like industrialisation, urbanisation and capitalist economy department store etc.


Long enough for others to have drawn from it and for its messages to have passed through many stations. Trivia About The Railway Journ The impact of constant technological change upon our perception of the world is so pervasive as to have become a commonplace of modern society.

Paperbackpages. There are whole chapters on the history of “shock” and the relation of its military application to travel anxieties. James Dilworth rated it it was amazing Jul 11, Jun 02, Josh rated it really liked it. The violence, disruption, overthrow of traditional approaches, alien discipline and structure, all experienced by workers in industrial workplaces was shared in by the travel experience of rail travellers. But such was the novelty of the railway as a mode of transport that, at first, society misunderstood its needs and possibilities as a technical concept.

In this ensemble we have aesthetic dispositions, social conventions, economic doctrines, legal structures, technological imaginaries and political agreements.

Feb 28, Mark rated it it was amazing Recommends jojrney for: His research lies broadly in the areas of environmental change and sustainability transitions, especially in relation to mobility and inequality. However all the same in Europe railway carriages were constructed like coaches as in coaches jkurney horses. Lets go back a bit. This is the joy of the book, the railway journey steams through swathes of nineteenth century consciousness.