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.

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Work Title Biketivism and Technology: Historical Reflections and Appropriations
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Creators
  1. Zack Furness
Keyword
  1. Bicycle
  2. Bicycling
  3. Biketivism
  4. Car Culture
  5. Critical Mass
  6. Feminism
  7. Dutch Provos
  8. Situationists
  9. Social Movements
  10. Technological Appropriation
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Work Type Article
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  1. Social Epistemology
Publication Date 2005
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  1. English
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  1. https://doi.org/10.1080/02691720500145696
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