Grounded

Perpetual Flight . . . and Then the Pandemic

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Christopher Schaberg

Grounded: Perpetual Flight . . . and Then the Pandemic considers the time leading up the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ensuing global plummet in commercial flight. Mobility studies scholar Christopher Schaberg tours the newly opened airport terminal outside of New Orleans (MSY) in late 2019, and goes on to survey the broad cultural landscape of empty airports and grounded planes in the early months of the coronavirus’s spread, in 2020. The book culminates in a reflection on the future of air travel—what may unfold, and what parts of commercial flight are almost certainly relics of the past. Grounded blends journalistic reportage with cultural theory and philosophical inquiry, in order to offer graspable insights as well as a stinging critique of contemporary air travel.

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  • isbn
    978-1-4529-6613-7
  • issn
    2373-5074
  • publisher
    University of Minnesota Press
  • publisher place
    Minneapolis, MN
  • restrictions
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
  • rights
    Copyright 2020 by Christopher Schaberg
  • rights holder
    Christopher Schaberg
  • series number
    45
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