AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractAt a number of points in British history, there have been concerted movements consciously both to defend and to promote cycling as an everyday practice. Using insights from social movement theory, this paper compares the actions and roles of cycle activism in three separate cases, first in the 1930s, then in the 1970s and then in the twenty-first century. The study examines both at the resource mobilisation dimensions of each wave of movement activity and the ways in which different sets of mobilisation sought to create value and identity. It evaluates the relative strengths and weaknesses of each instance and the extent to which each managed (or not) to produce the kinds of changes it consciously sought, but also pays attention to unsought consequences of these mobilisations and the arguments pursued, within the wider context of social change. It draws primarily on insider accounts of campaigns and frames these not only within the context of roads and transport policy, but also within the contestations of class and gender.
CitationCox, P. (2015, September). Social movement activism, social change and bicycling in the UK. Paper presented at The Future of Mobilities: Flows, Transport and Communication. T2M/ Cosmobilities joint conference, Caserta, Italy.
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