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Symbolic transport choice across national cultures: theoretical considerations for research design

Ashmore, DP; Christie, N; Tyler, NA; (2017) Symbolic transport choice across national cultures: theoretical considerations for research design. Transportation Planning and Technology , 40 (8) pp. 875-900. 10.1080/03081060.2017.1355882. Green open access

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Abstract

A recently empirically isolated latent variable in transport choice is symbolism, which examines what people believe their transport choices say to others about them and how they are judged in a social context. Whilst it is well established that symbolism differs vertically across different socio-economic groups within a country, very little work has been done on how symbolism in transport may differ between similar individuals across nations as a function of national cultural values, and how this may manifest itself in transport choices. If significant differences were to be found then this could have impacts for transport policy formulation and transfer. This paper explores and discusses these issues and concludes that the initial goal of any research into symbolic transport choices across cultures is theoretical fertility, and this is best achieved by adopting Lakatosian research programmes, using theory-driven thematic analysis to develop theoretical models for testing.

Type: Article
Title: Symbolic transport choice across national cultures: theoretical considerations for research design
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03081060.2017.1355882
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03081060.2017.1355882
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Latent choice motivation, transport symbolism, national culture, Lakatosian research programmes, mixed methods research, thematic analysis
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1555526
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