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Reconsidering the bicycle : an anthropological perspective on a new (old) thing

Author: Luis Antonio Vivanco
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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4e de couv.: In cities throughout the world, bicycles have gained a high profile in recent years, with politicians and activists promoting initiatives like bike lanes, bikeways, bike share programs, and other social programs to get more people on bicycles. Bicycles in the city are, some would say, the wave of the future for car-choked, financially-strapped, obese, and sustainability-sensitive urban areas. This book  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Luis Antonio Vivanco
ISBN: 9780415503884 0415503884 9780415503891 0415503892 9780203584538 0203584538
OCLC Number: 857903873
Description: xxiv, 153 p
Contents: Preface: The Bicycle, A New (Old) Thing Acknowledgements 1. Anthropology, Bicycles, and Urban Mobility 2. What (and When) is a Bicycle? 3. Constructing Urban Bicycle Cultures: Perspectives on Three Cities 4. "Good for the Cause:" The Bike Movement as Social Action and Cultural Politics 5. Conclusion: On the Need for the Bicycle
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4e de couv.: In cities throughout the world, bicycles have gained a high profile in recent years, with politicians and activists promoting initiatives like bike lanes, bikeways, bike share programs, and other social programs to get more people on bicycles. Bicycles in the city are, some would say, the wave of the future for car-choked, financially-strapped, obese, and sustainability-sensitive urban areas. This book explores how and why people are reconsidering the bicycle, no longer thinking of it simply as a toy or exercise machine, but as a potential solution to a number of contemporary problems. It focuses in particular on what reconsidering the bicycle might mean for everyday practices and politics of urban mobility, a concept that refers to the intertwined physical, technological, social, and experiential dimensions of human movement.

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