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Parenting, care and the family car

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper draws on driving ethnographies conducted with heterosexual parents in a regional centre in New South Wales, Australia, to illustrate the doing of family care in the mobile space of the car. Our analysis employs a narrative ethnography used by geographers working in materialist more-than-human feminist perspectives. In doing so, we advance writing in the gendered geographies of care and car dependency by exploring mothers’ and fathers’ involvement in driving their children. We engage with work which challenges the epistemological and ontological orthodoxies that once dominated transport and family studies in order to better tackle car dependency in the Anthropocene by understanding how parents ‘do’ family somewhere-on-the-move. Parents’ care for and about kin is lived and felt through the sociality of driving somewhere together. We conclude with insights for theory and policy.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Waitt , G. & Harada, T. (2016). Parenting, care and the family car. Social and Cultural Geography, 17 (8), 1079-1100.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84961218188

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2641

Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 1079

End Page


  • 1100

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 8

Abstract


  • This paper draws on driving ethnographies conducted with heterosexual parents in a regional centre in New South Wales, Australia, to illustrate the doing of family care in the mobile space of the car. Our analysis employs a narrative ethnography used by geographers working in materialist more-than-human feminist perspectives. In doing so, we advance writing in the gendered geographies of care and car dependency by exploring mothers’ and fathers’ involvement in driving their children. We engage with work which challenges the epistemological and ontological orthodoxies that once dominated transport and family studies in order to better tackle car dependency in the Anthropocene by understanding how parents ‘do’ family somewhere-on-the-move. Parents’ care for and about kin is lived and felt through the sociality of driving somewhere together. We conclude with insights for theory and policy.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Waitt , G. & Harada, T. (2016). Parenting, care and the family car. Social and Cultural Geography, 17 (8), 1079-1100.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84961218188

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2641

Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 1079

End Page


  • 1100

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 8