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‘Let’s Have Some Music’: Sound, Gender and Car Mobility

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper draws on a visceral approach to explore the role of sound/music for people who drive cars. We examine the ways in which gendered subjectivities emerge from the pleasures associated with listening to sound/music during short car trips. The first part of the paper reviews the recent literature on ‘feelings for cars’. We highlight why gender is often absent from the literature before offering a conceptual lens drawing on geographical feminist thinking to consider sound/music, feelings, gender and mobility. We draw on driving ethnographies to explore the role of sound/music in how gender is assembled with the flow of connections between bodies, spaces and affects/emotions. Considering the contextual pleasures of listening to sound/music on these trips and emergent gender subjectivities we provide a more nuanced interpretation of why people choose to drive cars. To conclude, we point to the implications for applied research for new context-specific transport and climate change policy.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Waitt , G., Harada, T. & Duffy, M. (2017). ‘Let’s Have Some Music’: Sound, Gender and Car Mobility. Mobilities, 12 (3), 324-342.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84940172678

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 324

End Page


  • 342

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This paper draws on a visceral approach to explore the role of sound/music for people who drive cars. We examine the ways in which gendered subjectivities emerge from the pleasures associated with listening to sound/music during short car trips. The first part of the paper reviews the recent literature on ‘feelings for cars’. We highlight why gender is often absent from the literature before offering a conceptual lens drawing on geographical feminist thinking to consider sound/music, feelings, gender and mobility. We draw on driving ethnographies to explore the role of sound/music in how gender is assembled with the flow of connections between bodies, spaces and affects/emotions. Considering the contextual pleasures of listening to sound/music on these trips and emergent gender subjectivities we provide a more nuanced interpretation of why people choose to drive cars. To conclude, we point to the implications for applied research for new context-specific transport and climate change policy.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Waitt , G., Harada, T. & Duffy, M. (2017). ‘Let’s Have Some Music’: Sound, Gender and Car Mobility. Mobilities, 12 (3), 324-342.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84940172678

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 324

End Page


  • 342

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom