PSi #21 Fluid States - Australia, A report on our mobility by Theron Schmidt

A report on our mobility

Theron Schmidt, Visiting Correspondent, PSi Fluid States Melbourne

Note: In preparing this report, I thought about the etymology of the word mobility and its usage in the late 17th and early 18th centuries to describe the emergence of a new social class, ‘the great mobility’ or ‘mob’, which emerged as a consequence of urbanization.  I wanted to return to this use of term as a collective noun to describe a community that is defined by being in movement and by its habitation of public spaces that make possible its emergence.  Its original usage carries pejorative connotations of ‘fickle’, ‘common’, and ‘excitable’, which we might revisit in valuing a concept of community that is provisional, transient, and without fixed form.  In the context of our gathering on this continent, I would also acknowledge the meaning that the word ‘mob’ carries within the dialectical English spoken by members of Aboriginal communities to refer to an extended family or language group.  I wish to honour and respect the deep kinship structures and connections to place that are conveyed by that usage.

Read the whole correspondence HERE.


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