Biketivism and Technology: Historical Reflections and Appropriations
In Western society bicycling is commonly perceived as either a sport, a form of leisure, an activity for children, or at best, a utilitarian transportation technology. In this paper, I contest these assumptions by discussing ways in which both bicycling & bicycle technologies are politicized as a response to the cultural, social & political norms of Western society. Through historical examples that include 19th century Socialists, "first wave" feminists, & 1960's Dutch Anarchists, I provide a theoretical context in which one can understand how present day activists appropriate the bicycle through a dialectic of action & communication. In short, I demonstrate how a seemingly neutral technology (the bicycle) & an everyday activity (bicycling) can be utilized as tools for dissent, protest, & cultural critique.
|Work Title||Biketivism and Technology: Historical Reflections and Appropriations|
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|Deposited||March 14, 2023|
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