Challenges and Dilemmas in Everyday Life
In 2011 over 60 million new passenger cars were produced, around 165 000 new cars every day (OICA 2012). With the exception of 2009, due to the global financial crisis, the total number of cars produced globally each year has continued to grow. More people now than ever before are driving cars to move from place to place. But car-driving is more than moving from points ‘A’ to ‘B’. For many people, car-driving is regarded as a right, an integral component of contemporary citizenship (Cresswell 2006). Car-driving is framed as progressive, efficient and modern, as well as offering social status, convenience, comfort, safety and freedom (see Featherstone et al. 2004). A further complication is the role car-driving plays in a fragmented social life across extensive physical distances, requiring juggling and managing a personal timetable (Urry 2004). Cities are commonly reliant upon and designed around car mobility. Car-driving has facilitated spatial reconfigura- tion of urban form including suburban growth and dormitory villages, and physical separation and distancing of schools, homes, work, leisure sites and families.
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