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Title: Aspirations for automobility: Family geographies and the production of young people’s aspirations for cars
Authors: Barker, J
Keywords: Aspirations;Cars;Children;Family geographies
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Policy Press
Citation: Families, Relationships, Societies, 3(2): 167 - 183, (July 2014)
Abstract: Whilst a burgeoning body of research explores how families shape children’s everyday experiences, less is known about how families influence children’s future aspirations. Drawing upon two research projects exploring children’s mobility, this paper explores children and young people’s aspirations for cars in adulthood. The paper considers what these aspirations can tell us about current and future relationships between children, siblings and parents. The paper draws upon the concept of habitus to demonstrate how expectations around future car ownership are not aspatial- aspirations are informed by locally derived cultures of parenting and local economic, political and planning contexts. In doing so, the paper critiques broader theorisations of automobility which assume an independent, autonomous adult. Instead, the paper points to an understanding of the role that families play in developing relationally produced aspirations about cars.
Description: "This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in [Families, Relationships and Societies ]. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [ Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 3, Number 2, July 2014, pp. 167-183(17)] is available online at:
ISSN: 2046-7435
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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