Academic journal article Geography

A Mobile Century? Changes in Everyday Mobility in Britain in the Twentieth Century

Academic journal article Geography

A Mobile Century? Changes in Everyday Mobility in Britain in the Twentieth Century

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A Mobile Century? Changes in everyday mobility in Britain in the twentieth century Colin G. Pooley, Jean Turnbull and Mags Adams Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005 251pp, 16 x 24 cm Hb: £55.00, ISBN 0 7546 4181 3

It is well known that transport studies in geography are often severely limited by the absence of reliable data about travel patterns , which is even more marked if the researcher is seeking to track changes over time. As a consequence assertions are often made on the basis of intuition and incomplete data. It was therefore very courageous of these authors to tackle the problem in a research programme bringing together various published sources and supplementing them with data 'collected from in-depth life histories' in Manch ester-Salford (81 individuals) and Lancaster-Morecambe (75 individuals) with ages ranging from 10 to 69 when the surveys were carried out in 2001-3. The information was used to construct an overview (Chapter 4), followed by more detailed accounts of travel to school, travel to work, children playing and hanging around and adult leisure travel. Chapter 9 then relates mobility to the family life course, before two concluding chapters relating the findings to transport policies (historic and contemporary). …

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