Journal article

Multiautoculturalism: Reconceptualising conflict on the roads

Andrew Dawson, Jennifer Day, Dave Ashmore

The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


Based empirically on a netnography of public forums related to news articles about car–bike conflicts and accidents on Melbourne’s roads, this article takes classic anthropological and sociological theory on ethnicity and mobility, respectively, into the new territory of explaining the mutual perceptions of drivers and cyclists. Furthermore, moving from ethnicity, we invoke multiculturalism in its senses as a descriptor for ethnic pluralism, a discourse of marginalisation, and a basis for a politics of recognition. Through this we argue for reconceptualisation of the road as ‘multiautocultural’—a space comprised of a plurality of modally contrived and mutually othering vehicular identities a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Research for this article was funded by the Transport, Health, and Urban Design (THUD), hub in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.