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Body pedagogics, transactionalism and vélo identities: Becoming a cyclist in motorised societies

Shilling, Chris (2021) Body pedagogics, transactionalism and vélo identities: Becoming a cyclist in motorised societies. The Sociological Review, . ISSN 0038-0261. E-ISSN 1467-954X. (doi:10.1177/00380261211049037) (KAR id:90161)


Sociological research into the body pedagogics of occupational, educational, religious, and sporting groups focuses on cases in which the social and material environment reproduces these ‘ways of life’, yet devotes little attention to how cultures are maintained within circumstances hostile to their maintenance. Developing a transactionalist approach to body pedagogics, I explore this gap by investigating the case of cycling within societies dominated by automobility. Cycling, in these contexts, requires individuals to engage creatively with challenging physical and environmental exchanges. Such exchanges frequently alienate but can involve the development of ‘outsider’ mobile status, have been reorganised into stable practices by vélo cultures, and highlight embodied processes relevant to general sociological investigations into marginalised cultures.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/00380261211049037
Uncontrolled keywords: body pedagogics, Dewey, embodiment, transactionalism, vélo cultures
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Chris Shilling
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2021 08:47 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 12:28 UTC
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