Roads for change: changing the car and its expressions

Sarah Redshaw

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The roads are a microcosm of society. Driving is infused with practices of social and cultural inter-relating in many forms. Pervading social practices, constituting driving cultures, allow the smooth flow of mobility via the car as well as the expression of aggression as a means to facilitate mobility. Changing cultures of driving requires confronting some of the most deeply maintained aspects of Western culture. Car dependence, environmental impact and fatality and injury rates are significant issues in considering mobility worldwide. Even more than this, the car expresses and facilitates aspects of Western culture based on individualism, getting ahead and level of wealth, as well as an aggressive means of achieving at the expense of others.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial change in the 21st century
Subtitle of host publicationconference proceedings
EditorsC. Bailey, D. Cabrera, L. Buys
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)1741070813
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on Social Change in the 21st Century - Brisbane
Duration: 29 Oct 200429 Oct 2004


ConferenceConference on Social Change in the 21st Century


  • Cars
  • mobility
  • driving


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