Making the journey to school: the gendered and generational aspects of risk in constructing everyday mobility

Murray, Lesley (2009) Making the journey to school: the gendered and generational aspects of risk in constructing everyday mobility Health, Risk and Society, 11 (5). pp. 471-486. ISSN 1369-8575

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Abstract

In an increasingly mobile and risk-centred world, the focus of academic attention is often on global movements of people, commodities, wages, finance and information, and on global risks such as environmental deterioration, pandemics and terrorism (Beck 1992, Adams 1999, 2005, Urry 2000). However, everyday life, with everyday mobilities and everyday risk are more often the predominant concern of the majority of citizens in the West (Tulloch and Lupton 2003). This paper is situated at this more local level, aimed at understanding a microcosm of everyday life: the corporeal mobilities of the journey to school, drawing out broader implications for a society shaped by both risk and mobility. In particular, the discussion here follows on from Jenkins’ (2006) paper on risk, parenting and young people in using socio-cultural theory to question the assumptions made about parental management of risks to their children and particularly theories of ‘paranoid parenting’ (Furedi 2001). It is argued here that it is localised everyday risk discourses, and their construction according to gender and generation, that are most significant in shaping mobility

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in the Health, Risk and Society copyright Taylor & Francis; Health, Risk and Society is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13698570903183889
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/13698570903183889
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Health and Social Policy Research Centre
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2010 10:56
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/7364

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