Professor John Urry

Distinguished Professor

Research Overview

John URRY has worked at Lancaster since completing degrees in Cambridge. He is a former Head of the Sociology Department, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and University Dean of Research. Since 2003 he has been Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research, now one of four Lancaster University Research Centres. In this role he helped to develop the ‘new mobilities paradigm' for social science research.

Mediating climate politics: the surprising case of Brazil
Dayrell, C., Urry, J. 08/2015 In: European Journal of Social Theory. 18, 3, p. 257-273. 17 p.
Journal article

Cargomobilities: moving materials in a global age
Birtchnell, T., Savitzky, S., Urry, J. 10/04/2015 Hoboken : Taylor & Francis. 235 p. ISBN: 9780415720953. Electronic ISBN: 9781317961413.
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Moving cargos
Birtchnell, T., Savitzky, S., Urry, J. 10/04/2015 In: Cargomobilities. Hoboken : Taylor & Francis ISBN: 9780415720953. Electronic ISBN: 9781317961413.
Chapter

Oil on the move
Savitzky, S., Urry, J. 10/04/2015 In: Cargomobilities. Hoboken : Taylor & Francis ISBN: 9780415720953. Electronic ISBN: 9781317961413 .
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Low carbon innovation in Chinese urban mobility: prospects, politics and practices
Tyfield, D., Zuev, D., Li, P., Urry, J. 2015 Brighton : STEPS Centre, 70 p.
Working paper

Low-carbon innovation in China: prospects, politics and practices
Tyfield, D., Ely, A., Urban, F., Geall, S., Zuev, D., Urry, J. 2015 Brighton : STEPS Centre, 43 p.
Working paper

The mobilities and post-mobilities of cargo
Birtchnell, T., Urry, J. 2015 In: Consumption, Markets and Culture. 18, 1, p. 25-38. 14 p.
Journal article

Special issue: energy & society
Tyfield, D., Urry, J. 09/2014 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 31, 5
Special issue

The problem of energy
Urry, J. 09/2014 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 31, 5, p. 3-20. 18 p.
Journal article

Offshoring
Urry, J. 2014 Cambridge : Polity. 212 p. ISBN: 9780745664859, 9780745664866.
Book

Elite formation in the third industrial revolution
Urry, J., Viry, G., Birtchnell, T. 08/2013 In: Elite Mobilities. London : Routledge p. 62-77. 16 p. ISBN: 9780415655804. Electronic ISBN: 9780203078532.
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3D, SF and the future
Birtchnell, T., Urry, J. 06/2013 In: Futures. 50, p. 25-34. 10 p.
Journal article

A low carbon economy and society
Urry, J. 03/2013 In: Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences . 371, 1986, 12 p.
Journal article

Changing climate and society: the surprising case of Brazil
Dayrell, C., Urry, J. 2013
Working paper

Fabricating futures and the movement of objects
Birtchnell, T., Urry, J. 2013 In: Mobilities. 8, 3, p. 388-405. 28 p.
Journal article

Freight miles: the impact of 3D printing on transport and society
Birtchnell, T., Urry, J., Cook, C., Curry, A. 2013 Lancaster University. 40 p.
Commissioned report

Societies beyond oil: oil dregs and social futures
Urry, J. 2013 London : Zed Books. 304 p. ISBN: 9781780321684.
Book

Greening China’s ‘Cars’: Could the Last be First?
Tyfield, D., Urry, J. 09/2012 Lancaster : Lancaster University
Working paper

Mobilities: new perspectives on transport and society
Urry, J., Grieco, M. 01/2012 Farnham : Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 363 p. ISBN: 9781409411505. Electronic ISBN: 9781409411512.
Book

Cities and fascination: beyond the surplus of meaning
Schmid, H., Sahr, W., Urry, J. 2011 Farnham : Ashgate. 243 p. ISBN: 9781409418535. Electronic ISBN: 9781409418542.
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City life and the senses
Urry, J. 2011 In: The new Blackwell companion to the city. Malden, Mass. : Blackwell ISBN: 9781405189811.
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Climate change and society
Urry, J. 2011 Cambridge : Polity. 217 p. ISBN: 9780745650364, 978074565037.
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Introduction: mobile methods
Buscher, M., Urry, J. 2011 In: Mobile methods. London : Routledge p. 1-19. 19 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The tourist gaze 3.0
Urry, J., Larsen, J. 2011 3rd ed. ed. London : Sage Publications. 282 p. ISBN: 9781849203760, 9781849203777 (pbk).
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Sociology facing climate change
Urry, J. 31/08/2010 In: Sociological Research Online. 15, 3
Journal article

Electric vehicles: charged with potential
Kemp, R., Blythe, P., Brace, C., James, P., Parry-Jones, R., Thielens, D., Thomas, M., Wenham, R., Urry, J. 06/2010 London : Royal Academy of Engineering. 52 p. ISBN: 190349656X.
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Changing climates: introduction
Szerszynski, B., Urry, J. 03/2010 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 27, 2-3, p. 1-8. 8 p.
Journal article

Consuming the planet to excess.
Urry, J. 03/2010 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 27, 2-3, p. 191-212. 22 p.
Journal article

Connections
Urry, J. 2010 In: The Blackwell city reader. Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell ISBN: 9781405189835.
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Cosmopolitan China?
Tyfield, D., Urry, J. 2010 In: Soziale Welt. 61, 3-4, p. 277-294. 18 p.
Journal article

Mobile methods
Buscher, M., Urry, J., Witchger, K. 2010 London : Routledge. 206 p. ISBN: 9780415492416.
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Mobiles lives
Elliott, A., Urry, J. 2010 London : Routledge. 188 p. ISBN: 0415480205, 0415480221, 9780415480208, 9780415480222. Electronic ISBN: 0203887042.
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Mobility
Urry, J. 2010 In: The Human Economy. Cambridge : Polity Press p. 325-335. 11 p. ISBN: 9780745649795.
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Sociology and climate change
Urry, J. 10/2009 In: The Sociological Review. 57, Suppl. 2, p. 84-100. 17 p.
Journal article

Aeromobilities
Cwerner, S., Kesselring, S., Urry, J. 2009 Abingdon : Routledge. 249 p. ISBN: 9780415449564 (.
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Aeromobilities and the global
Urry, J. 2009 In: Aeromobilities. London : Routledge p. 25-38. 14 p. ISBN: 9780415449564.
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After the Car
Dennis, K., Urry, J. 2009 Polity. 180 p. ISBN: 9780745644219.
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Carros, climas e futures complexos
Urry, J. 2009 In: Desigualdade, Diferença e Reconhecimento. Porto Allegre : Tomo p. 105-130. 26 p.
Chapter

Cosmopolitan China: Lessons from International Collaboration in Low-Carbon Innovation
Tyfield, D., Urry, J. 2009 In: British Journal of Sociology. 60, 4, p. 793-812. 20 p.
Journal article

Mobile methods and the empirical
Urry, J., Buscher, M. 2009 In: European Journal of Social Theory. 12, 1, p. 99-116. 18 p.
Journal article

The network society and the networked traveller
Urry, J. 2009 In: Travel Demand Management and Road User Pricing. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 89-107. 19 p. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7303-3.
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The sociabilities of travel
Urry, J. 2009 In: The Expanding Sphere of Travel Behaviour Research. Emerald p. 3-16. 14 p. ISBN: 9781848559363.
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Climate change, travel and complex futures
Urry, J. 2008 In: British Journal of Sociology. 59, 2, p. 261-279. 19 p.
Journal article

Governance, flows and the end of the car system?
Urry, J. 2008 In: Global Environmental Change. 18, 3, p. 343-349. 7 p.
Journal article

Leisure places
Urry, J. 2008 In: Greetings from Europe. Landscape and Leisure. Rotterdam : OIO Publishers
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Moving Methods, Travelling Times.
Watts, L., Urry, J. 2008 In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 26, 5, p. 860-874. 15 p.
Journal article

Moving on the mobility turn
Urry, J. 2008 In: Tracing Mobilities. Towards a cosmopolitan perspective in mobility research. Aldershot : Ashgate
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Speeding up and slowing down
Urry, J. 2008 In: Social Acceleration. Princeton University Press
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The London Olympics and global competition: on the move
Urry, J. 2008 In: Twenty-first Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences. 3, 3, p. 289-293. 5 p.
Journal article

Cities of spectacle
Urry, J. 2007 In: International Architecture, Biennale Rotterdam: Visionary Power [Catalogue]. Rotterdam : NAi Publishers p. 131-141. 11 p.
Chapter

Des inégalités socials au capital en résseau
Urry, J. 2007 In: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie / Swiss Journal of Sociology. 33, p. 9-26. 18 p.
Journal article

Global complexities
Urry, J. 2007 In: Frameworks for Globalization Research. New York : Springer p. 151-164. 14 p.
Chapter

Mobilities, networks and communities
Urry, J. 2007 In: Knowledge, Communication and Creativity. London : Sage p. 67-76. 10 p.
Chapter

Mobilities.
Urry, J. 2007 Polity. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-7456-3418-0.
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Networks and tourism. Mobile social life
Urry, J., Larsen, J., Axhausen, K. 2007 In: Annals of Tourism Research. 34, 1, p. 244-262. 19 p.
Journal article

Regazing on The Tourist Gaze
Urry, J. 2007 In: Tourism Revisited. Brussels : NeTHCA p. 19-28. 10 p.
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What is "social" about social science?
Urry, J., Dingwall, R., Gough, I., Ormerod, P., Massey, D., Scott, J., Thrift, N. 2007 In: Twenty-first Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences. 2, 1, p. 95-119. 25 p.
Journal article

Editorial : mobilities, immobilities and moorings.
Hannam, K., Sheller, M., Urry, J. 1/03/2006 In: Mobilities. 1, 1, p. 1-22. 22 p.
Journal article

Visuality, mobility and the cosmopolitan: inhabiting the world from afar.
Szerszynski, B., Urry, J. 03/2006 In: British Journal of Sociology. 57, 1, p. 113-132. 20 p.
Journal article

Geographies of social networks: meetings, travel and communications
Urry, J., Larsen, J., Axhausen, K. 2006 In: Mobilities. 1, 2, p. 261-283. 23 p.
Journal article

Globale complexitäten
Urry, J. 2006 In: Die Macht des Lokalen in einer Welt ohne Grenzen. New York : Campus Verlag p. 87-104. 18 p.
Chapter

Le nouveau paradigme de la mobilité
Urry, J., Sheller, M. 2006 In: Mobilités.net: villes, transports, technologies face aux nouvelles mobilités. Paris : FING-LDGJ p. 30-37. 8 p.
Chapter

Mobilities and materialities : special issue of Environment and Planning A.
Sheller, M., Urry, J. 2006 In: Environment and Planning A. 38, 2, p. 207-412. 206 p.
Journal article

Mobilities, Networks, Geographies.
Urry, J., Axhausen, K., Larsen, J. 2006 Ashgate. 165 p. ISBN: 0 7546 4882 6.
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Petits mondes
Urry, J. 2006 In: Les sens du movement. Paris : Belin p. 37-48. 12 p.
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Preface: places and performances.
Urry, J. 2006 In: Travels in paradox. Remapping tourism. Colorado : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers p. 1-3. 3 p. ISBN: 0742528758.
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The new mobilities paradigm.
Sheller, M., Urry, J. 2006 In: Environment and Planning A. 38, 2, p. 207-226. 20 p.
Journal article

The ‘Consuming’ of Place
Urry, J. 2006 In: Discourse, Communication and Tourism. Clevedon : Channel View Publications p. 19-27. 9 p.
Chapter

The Complexities of the Global.
Urry, J. 10/2005 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 22, 5, p. 235-254. 20 p.
Journal article

The Complexity Turn.
Urry, J. 10/2005 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 22, 5, p. 1-14. 14 p.
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Social exclusion, mobility and access.
Cass, N., Shove, E., Urry, J. 29/07/2005 In: The Sociological Review. 53, 3, p. 539-555. 17 p.
Journal article

Beyond the Science of 'Society'.
Urry, J. 30/06/2005 In: Sociological Research Online. 10, 2
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Travel time use in the information age.
Lyons, G., Urry, J. 02/2005 In: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. 39, 2-3, p. 257-276. 20 p.
Journal article

El final del turismo.
Urry, J. 2005 In: Basa: Publicación del Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Canarias. 28, p. 30-35. 6 p.
Journal article

Les systèmes de la mobilité.
Urry, J. 2005 In: Cahiers Internationaux de Sociologie. 1, 118, p. 23-35. 13 p.
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Sociologie de mobilites: une nouvelle frontiere pour la sociologie?
Urry, J. 2005 Paris : Armand Colin. 251 p.
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The 'consuming' of place.
Urry, J. 2005 In: Discourse, Communication and Tourism. Clevedon : Channel View p. 19-27. 9 p. ISBN: 9781845410209 (hbk), 9781845410216 (electronic).
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Social Engineering: Responding to Ken Livingstone.
Urry, J. 02/2004 In: Planning Theory and Practice. 5, 4, p. 506-509. 4 p.
Journal article

Complexiteit en het auto-systeem.
Urry, J. 2004 In: Tijdschrift voor Sociologie. 25, 1, p. 21-36. 16 p.
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Connections.
Urry, J. 2004 In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 22, 1, p. 27-37. 11 p.
Journal article

Enacting the social.
Law, J., Urry, J. 2004 In: Economy and Society. 33, 3, p. 290-310. 21 p.
Journal article

Interview with John Urry: Complex Mobilities.
Urry, J. 2004 In: The future of social theory. London : Continuum p. 109-124. 16 p. ISBN: 9780826470669.
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Introduction: Thinking Society Anew.
Urry, J. 2004 In: Conversations with Ulrich Beck. Oxford : Polity p. 1-10. 10 p. ISBN: 0745628249.
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Le nouveau paradigme de la mobilité.
Urry, J., Sheller, M.B. 2004 In: Mobilités.net: villes, transports, technologies face aux nouvelles mobilités. Paris : FING-LDGJ p. 433-442. 10 p.
Chapter

Performing tourist places.
Bærenholdt, J.O., Haldrup, M., Larsen, J., Urry, J. 2004 London : Ashgate. 167 p. ISBN: 0754638383.
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Risks and mobilities
Urry, J. 2004 In: Ulrich Becks kosmopolitisches Projekt. Baden-Baden : Nomos p. 90-97. 8 p. ISBN: 9783832906542.
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Sensing the city.
Urry, J. 2004 In: Tour-isms : the defeat of dissent : critical itineraries. Barcelona : Fundació Antoni Tàpies p. 128-141. 14 p. ISBN: 8488786794.
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Small Worlds and the New 'Social Physics'
Urry, J. 2004 In: Global Networks. 4, 2, p. 109-130. 22 p.
Journal article

The ‘System’ of Automobility.
Urry, J. 2004 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 21, 4-5, p. 25-39. 15 p.
Journal article

Tourism, Europe and identity.
Urry, J. 2004 In: Tourists and tourism : a reader. Long Grove, Illinois : Waveland Press p. 433-442. 10 p. ISBN: 9781577663065.
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Transport infrastructures: a social-spatial-temporal model.
Cass, N., Shove, E., Urry, J. 2004 In: Sustainable consumption : the implications of changing infrastructures of provision. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 113-129. 17 p. ISBN: 9781843763307.
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Mobile Transformations of 'Public' and 'Private' Life.
Sheller, M., Urry, J. 06/2003 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 20, 3, p. 107-125. 19 p.
Journal article

Social networks, travel and talk.
Urry, J. 06/2003 In: British Journal of Sociology. 54, 2, p. 155-175. 21 p.
Journal article

Changing infrastructures, measuring socio-spatial inclusion/exclusion: final report to the Department for Transport
Cass, N., Shove, E., Urry, J. 1/04/2003 Lancaster University. 124 p.
Commissioned report

Automobility and car culture.
Urry, J. 2003 In: Quaderns. Barcelona : Collegi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya p. 82-85. 4 p.
Chapter

Global Complexity.
Urry, J. 2003 Polity. 172 p. ISBN: 9780745628189.
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Global places to play.
Urry, J. 2003 In: Site-seeing: disneyfizierung der stadte?. Berlin : B-books p. 72-77. 6 p. ISBN: 3933557429.
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I turisti 'consumano' I luoghi?
Urry, J. 2003 In: Lo Sguardo del Turista e il Raconto dei Luoghi. Milan : FrancoAngeli p. 147-155. 9 p.
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The city and the car.
Sheller, M., Urry, J. 2003 In: Delivering sustainable transport : a social science perspective. London : Pergamon p. 171-189. 19 p. ISBN: 0080440223.
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Cultures of Cosmopolitan.
Szerszynski, B., Urry, J. 11/2002 In: The Sociological Review. 50, 4, p. 461-481. 21 p.
Journal article

A comment on 'The limitations of transport policy'.
Urry, J. 10/2002 In: Transport Reviews. 22, 4, p. 505-506. 2 p.
Journal article

The global complexities of 11th September.
Urry, J. 08/2002 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 19, 4, p. 57-69. 13 p.
Journal article

Cultures of mobility.
Urry, J. 2002 In: Lifestyle, desire and politics : contemporary identities. Gothenberg, Sweden : Daidalos p. 79-66. 14 p. ISBN: 9171731636.
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Globalising the academy
Urry, J. 2002 In: The virtual university? : knowledges, markets, and management. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 20-30. 11 p. ISBN: 0199245576.
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The Tourist Gaze (2nd edition).
Urry, J. 2002 Sage. 184 p. ISBN: 0761973478.
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The global media and cosmopolitanism.
Urry, J. 2002 In: Transnatl. Am.. Heidelberg : C. Winter p. 91-106. 16 p.
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Time, complexity and the global.
Urry, J. 2002 In: Social conceptions of time : structure and process in work and everyday life. Basingstoke : Palgrave p. Sep-23. ISBN: 0333984994.
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Bodies in the woods.
MacNaghten, P., Urry, J. 2001 In: Bodies of nature. London : Sage p. 166-182. 17 p.
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Bodies of nature.
MacNaghten, P., Urry, J. 2001 In: Bodies of nature. London : Sage p. 1-11. 11 p.
Chapter

Bodies of nature.
MacNaghten, P., Urry, J. 2001 London : Sage.
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Inhabiting the car
Urry, J. 2001 In: Collective imagination: limits and beyond. Rio de Janeiro : UNESCO p. 277-304. 28 p.
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Transports of delight
Urry, J. 2001 In: Leisure Studies. 20, 4, p. 237-245. 9 p.
Journal article

Visual citizenship
Szerszynski, B., Urry, J. 2001 In: Thinkglobal: Cityscape Landscape Symposium 2000. Carlisle : Cumbria College of Art and Design p. 110-115. 6 p. ISBN: 1858501822.
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Bodies in the Woods
MacNaghten, P., Urry, J. 11/2000 In: Body and Society. 6, 3-4, p. 166-182. 17 p.
Journal article

Bodies of Nature: Introduction.
MacNaghten, P., Urry, J. 2000 In: Body and Society. 6, 3-4, p. 1-11. 11 p.
Journal article

Contemporary British Society.
Abercrombie, N., Warde, A., Deem, R., Penna, S., Sayer, A., Soothill, K.L., Urry, J., Walby, S. 2000 Cambridge : Polity Press. 602 p.
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Global flows and global citizenship.
Urry, J. 2000 In: Democracy, citizenship, and the global city. London : Routledge p. 62-78. 17 p. ISBN: 0415216680.
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Landscape of place and images.
Urry, J. 2000 In: Werk Bauen und Wohnen. 6, June, p. 16-23. 8 p.
Journal article

Mediating global citizenship.
Szerszynski, B., Urry, J., Myers, G. 2000 In: The Daily Globe: environmental change, the public and the media. London : Earthscan p. 97-114. 18 p. ISBN: 1853836648.
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Mobile sociology.
Urry, J. 2000 In: British Journal of Sociology. 51, 1, p. 185-203. 19 p.
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Sociology beyond societies : mobilities for the twenty-first century.
Urry, J. 2000 London : Routledge. 255 p. ISBN: 0415190894.
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Sociology of time and space.
Urry, J. 2000 In: The Blackwell companion to social theory. Oxford : Blackwell p. 416-443. 28 p. ISBN: 063121366x.
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The City and the Car.
Sheller, M.B., Urry, J. 2000 In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 24, 4, p. 737-757. 21 p.
Journal article

Wie erinnern sich Gesellsschaften ihrer Vergangenheit?
Urry, J. 2000 In: Geschichteskultur in der Zweiten Moderne. Frankfurt : Campus Verlag p. 29-52. 24 p.
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Is the British countryside middle class?
Urry, J. 1999 In: East Asian middle classes in comparative perspective. Taipei : Institute of Ethnology p. 417-434. 18 p. ISBN: 9576716233.
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Lokale steder i globale tider.
Urry, J. 1999 In: Lokalsamfunn of helse. Bergen : Fagbokforlaget p. 23-24. 2 p.
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Sensing the city.
Urry, J. 1999 In: The tourist city. New Haven : Yale University Press p. 71-86. 16 p. ISBN: 0300078463.
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Towards a sociology of nature.
Macnaghten, P., Urry, J. 1995 In: Sociology. 29, 2, p. 203-220. 18 p.
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Restructuring: place, class, and gender
Bagguley, P., Mark-Lawson, J., Shapiro, D., Urry, J., Walby, S., Warde, A. 1990 London : Sage Publications. 243 p. ISBN: 9780803982147.
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Restructuring Lancaster
Bagguley, P., Mark-Lawson, J., Shapiro, D., Urry, J., Walby, S., Warde, A. 1989 In: Localities. London : Unwin Hyman p. 129-165. 37 p. ISBN: 9780044453000 .
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Localities, class, and gender
Murgatroyd, L., Savage, M., Shapiro, D., Urry, J., Walby, S., Warde, A., Mark-Lawson, J. 1985 London : Pion. 238 p. ISBN: 9780850861150 .
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Capital, labour, and the middle classes
Abercrombie, N., Urry, J. 1983 London : Allen & Unwin. 169 p. ISBN: 9780043011454 .
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Reference groups and the theory of revolution
Urry, J. 1973 London : Routledge. 240 p. ISBN: 9780710075413 .
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