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Automobility reconfigured? Ironic seductions and mundane freedoms in 16-21 year olds’ accounts of car driving and ownership

Green, J; Steinbach, R; Garnett, E; Christie, N; Prior, L; (2017) Automobility reconfigured? Ironic seductions and mundane freedoms in 16-21 year olds’ accounts of car driving and ownership. Mobilities 10.1080/17450101.2017.1331017. Green open access

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Abstract

In the light of the ‘peak-car’ thesis, this paper explores the driving-related desires and practices of adults aged 16–21 and their parents from the UK. Tropes of freedom and independence were commonly evoked; but were pragmatically framed by concerns of finance, utility and risk. Car ownership was prized only for instrumental reasons, and as one tool in a mixed, collective transport network: it had been decoupled from automobility. Environmental sustainability was notably absent from discussions. It may be too early to herald the end of automobility but, for these participants, its seductions have been rendered ironic, rather than aspirational.

Type: Article
Title: Automobility reconfigured? Ironic seductions and mundane freedoms in 16-21 year olds’ accounts of car driving and ownership
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2017.1331017
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/17450101.2017.1331017
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way
Keywords: Driving, peak car, post car, UK, young adults, natural groups, social practice
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1546944
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