Reconsidering the Bicycle: An Anthropological Perspective on by Luis A. Vivanco

By Luis A. Vivanco

In towns through the global, bicycles have received a excessive profile in recent times, with politicians and activists selling projects like motorcycle lanes, bikeways, motorcycle percentage courses, and different social courses to get extra humans on bicycles. Bicycles within the urban are, a few may say, the wave of the long run for car-choked, financially-strapped, overweight, and sustainability-sensitive city areas.

This publication explores how and why individuals are reconsidering the bicycle, now not contemplating it easily as a toy or workout desktop, yet as a possible strategy to a couple of modern difficulties. It focuses specifically on what reconsidering the bicycle could suggest for daily practices and politics of city mobility, an idea that refers back to the intertwined actual, technological, social, and experiential dimensions of human movement.

This booklet is for Introductory Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Sociology, Environmental Anthropology, and all undergraduate classes at the setting and on sustainability through the social sciences.

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What are the specific dimensions of bicycle mobility? What are the changes in condition involved in riding a bicycle? How do the qualities of movement, networks, and motility involved in riding a bicycle differ from those involved in driving a car, walking, or riding in an airplane? rules, skills, and embodied practices appropriate to riding in each setting differ. To appreciate these differences, it is necessary to move beyond the common perception of mobility as unproductive and wasted time—the seemingly “empty” moments while moving from point A to B—and begin to recognize that mobility is itself a location of meaning making, identity formation, and cultural production in localized settings (Creswell 2006; Jensen 2009; Vannini 2009; Ingold 2011).

It is especially useful if several others are doing this exercise as well, as you can compare stories. You should each write at least one page on a significant event or situation involving a bicycle that seems particularly meaningful to you. Swap papers several times so that you have a chance to read others’ stories. Do any patterns, themes, or topics emerge in these stories and why do you think they emerge? How does your story relate to broader cultural associations of the bicycle with childhood, recreation, or competition?

Swap papers several times so that you have a chance to read others’ stories. Do any patterns, themes, or topics emerge in these stories and why do you think they emerge? How does your story relate to broader cultural associations of the bicycle with childhood, recreation, or competition? If it doesn’t, why not? This book might be thought of as a practical exercise in anthropological critical estrangement. Through a holistic anthropological lens, it shows how historical events, cultural perspectives, social processes, and political-economic dynamics have shaped not just how people have thought about, interacted with, produced, bought, and sold bicycles, but also how cityscapes and shifting attitudes toward the appropriate technologies for moving around them are currently being rethought because of concerns raised in contexts of rapid social and environmental change.

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