Cycling: A Sociology of Vélomobility

Cycling: A Sociology of Vélomobility

by Peter Cox


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In order to understand the diversity of cycling practices, Velo-Mobilities considers the changing meanings, materials and competencies that contribute and interrelate to produce various forms of cycling. Individual chapters investigate the changing technologies and innovations, not only of the machine but of the spaces in which they are used, including developments in virtual reality. It shows how the cycling and cyclists are constructed through a range of processes, cultural political and physical and how a different combinations produce very different meanings.

The book reflects interdisciplinary research, drawing insights from a range of sources, from contemporary video ethnography and participant observation to historical archives. It will be valuable reading not only for scholars of mobilities but should also provide insights across other disciplines, from planning and engineering to cultural studies as well as a range of professionals dealing with cycling issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780367670948
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/20/2020
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.20(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peter Cox is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Political Science at the University of Chester. He is author of Moving People, (2010) and editor (with Dave Horton and Paul Rosen) of Cycling and Society (2007) and of Cycling Cultures (2015). In 2014/15 he was Leverhulme International Academic Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, working to develop interdisciplinary research methods in cycling studies.

Table of Contents


1. Towards a Sociology of Bicycles and Biking

2. Researching Bicycling

3. Materials: Technologies, Innovations and Objects

4. Materials: Environments of Riding

5. Exploring (Im)Material Spaces

6. Competencies: Learning to Ride

7. Competencies: Travelling Together

8. Meanings: Semiotics and Signs

9. Public Meanings, Identities and Interpretations


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