One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility

One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility

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by Zack Furness
     
 

Although millions of people in the United States love to ride bicycles for exercise or leisure, statistics show that only 1 percent of the total U.S. population uses bicycles for transportation-and barely half as many people bike to work. In his original and exciting book, One Less Car, Zack Furness examines what it means historically, culturally, socioeconomically,… See more details below

Overview

Although millions of people in the United States love to ride bicycles for exercise or leisure, statistics show that only 1 percent of the total U.S. population uses bicycles for transportation-and barely half as many people bike to work. In his original and exciting book, One Less Car, Zack Furness examines what it means historically, culturally, socioeconomically, and politically to be a bicycle transportation advocate/activist.

Presenting an underground subculture of bike enthusiasts who aggressively resist car culture, Furness maps out the cultural trajectories between mobility, technology, urban space and everyday life. He connects bicycling to radical politics, public demonstrations, alternative media production (e.g., 'zines), as well as to the development of community programs throughout the world.

One Less Car also positions the bicycle as an object with which to analyze and critique some of the dominant cultural and political formations in the U.S.-and even breaks down barriers of race, class and gender privilege that are interconnected to mobility. For Furness, bicycling can be a form of liberation and a way to support social and environmental justice. So, he asks, Why aren't more Americans adopting bikes for their transportation needs?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592136124
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Series:
Sporting Series
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 

1 Introductions and Intersections 
2 Becoming Auto-Mobile 
3 Vélorutionaries and the Right to the (Bikeable) City 
4 Critical Mass and the Functions of Bicycle Protest 
5 Two-Wheeled Terrors and Forty-Year-Old Virgins: Mass Media and the Representation of Bicycling 
6 DIY Bike Culture 
7 Handouts, Hand Ups, or Just Lending a Hand? Community Bike Projects, Bicycle Aid, and Competing Visions of Development under Globalization 
8 Conclusion, or "We Have Nothing to Lose but Our (Bike) Chains" 

Notes 
Bibliography 
Index

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