A dominant group, inevitably, has the greatest influence in determining a culture’s overall outlook – its philosophy morality, social theory and even its science. The dominant group, thus, legitimizes the unequal relationship and incorporates it into society’s guiding concepts. Inevitably the dominant group is the model for ‘normal human relationships’. It can become ‘normal’ to… Read More Which side are you on?
The first half of my retrospective diary has been assembled. That half-time marker presents an unmissable occasion to have a good look at what has been achieved, if anything, so far. I am currently listening through the video diaries to pick out threads, strands and loose ends – weeding and chaffing. I can then refine… Read More Fighting on four fronts
Fluff words like “culture” are rarely useful if left undefined. And when cycle campaigning gets into the “social norm” discussion, it rarely does that in full awareness of consequences. These tedious debates have various sides – and have some serious practicalities attached. The common social-norm assertions are “I am not a cyclist, but I ride… Read More When I am (not) a cyclist
Making the personal political – overlaps in feminist theory and cycle activism Proposer: Katja Leyendecker, Northumbria University, Newcastle UK Relevant themes: equality ABSTRACT I start from the point that a lack of conceptual oversight is one major trap that cycle activism can be ensnared in – especially at a time when democracy and democratic processes… Read More Abstract for Cycling & Society 2017
We feel uncomfortable about the idea that our actions might be determined elsewhere. That’s also a problem for cycle campaigning if we are not aware of this. To explain this further, I will be using the three categories again: conservative (personal strength) liberal (education) radical (system) The three categories are very useful for clarifying various… Read More The radical environment is scary!
Nijmegen is my current location. Netherlands. Everyone cycles, loads of different bikes, great infrastructure (compared to Newcastle, and Bremen too). I am here on academic business. For a handful of years, the Velo-city conference has been preceded by the Scientists for Cycling colloquium – a one-day gathering of academics, practitioners and advocates. I had submitted… Read More One intervention and one (attempted) subversion
On 12 June 2017 I present: Nudging towards a communal concept for cycling research. It is an attempt to crosscheck the common policy elements (radical, liberal and conservative) with conceptual frameworks for transport (from different research fields). The conclusion is an illustrative depiction of emphasis (for research, policy, marketing etc) in low-cycling as well as… Read More Scientists for Cycling colloquium 2017