In the Company of Cars

In the Company of Cars

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It has long been accepted that the social and cultural meanings of the car far exceed the practical need for mobility. This book marks the first attempt to contribute to road safety, considering, in depth, these meanings and the cultures of driving that are shaped by them. In the Company of Cars examines the perspectives that young people have on cars, and explores the broader social and cultural meanings of the car, the potential it is supposed to fulfil, and the anticipated benefits it offers to young drivers. From focus-group research conducted in Australia, the book takes up the views of young people on a range of topics, from media to car use to gender performance. The author looks at the ways in which driving has been defined by articulations of the car that emphasize valued features of the car-driver, such as gender, youthfulness, status, age, power, raciness, sexiness, ruggedness and competitiveness. The book takes a global perspective on mobility, considering the impact of cars and road safety policy on quality of life, and the value and significance of other modes of travel, in a range of countries.These automatic functions leave the driver free to think, to listen to the radio or music system, to make phone calls (hands ... a#39;There are speed limits, warnings to drive slowly, to stop, to stay within certain lanes, and even diagrams showing the shape of ... In 2005 a Volkswagen Toureg known as a#39;Stanleya#39; drove itself to victory in the a#39;Grand Challengea#39; across the Mojave ... In 2007 it was a Chevy Tahoe called a#39;Bossa#39; that won the urban version of the challenge which involved the driverlessanbsp;...

Title:In the Company of Cars
Author:Dr Sarah Redshaw
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2012-10-01


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