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The neglected art of hitch-hiking : risk, trust and sustainability.

Chesters, Graeme and Smith, David B. (2001) The neglected art of hitch-hiking : risk, trust and sustainability. Sociological Research Online, 6 (3).

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Abstract

This article explores the sociologically neglected practice of hitch-hiking. It demonstrates the paucity of research on what is potentially a fascinating instance of social interaction and it argues that hitch-hiking provides an interesting test case for the applicability of recent social theories of risk and trust. The reasons for the relative decline in hitch-hiking in Britain are discussed and comparisons are made with continental Europe and the U.S.. The article suggests that despite the increasingly risk-averse nature of public bodies, attention to this subject could provide interesting possibilities for policy makers concerned with the development of sustainable modes of transport, as well as for those concerned with the re-vitalisation of civil society.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociological Research Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Car-sharing ; Deviance ; Environment ; Hitch-hiking ; Marginality ; Risk ; Sustainability ; Transport ; Trust
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 13744
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 01 Oct 2008 15:49
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:12
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13744

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