Performing cycling : cultural dimensions of cycling practices

Janvaria, J 2019, Performing cycling : cultural dimensions of cycling practices , MSc by research thesis, University of Salford.

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As there are various strategies put in place to increase cycling, cycling within the ethnic minority is still predominantly low and the reason why has not been broadly studied. This research aims to understand more about why there is a lack of cycling amongst the Indian ethnic community in the UK. Primarily this research uncovers why cycling for commuting or leisure purposes is intermittent within the Indian ethnic minority compared to the white majority groups. It explores boundaries of culture and religion, investigating the meanings, practices, and competencies of cycling amongst Indians living in the North West of England.

The study uses practice theory as an analytical framework in providing an alternative method in realising the complex nuances between the elements that create the practice of cycling. This helps to focus on cycling as being considered as a social issue rather than an individual behaviour. Using a systematic review to first outline the available literature on cycling amongst ethnic minorities and then semi-structured interviews amongst 19 participants, the study established several barriers.

The study found that amongst the Indian participants who are primarily Muslims, there with profound religious barriers playing a role, though Islam promoted physical activity. For men and women, there was a clear distinction on what can and cannot be practiced due to cultural and religious beliefs. Further cultural norms from first generation towards the younger second or third generations living in the UK have different meanings towards the practice of cycling and these meanings have an effect as to whether cycling can be a feasible option. This research is designed to help create or modify existing policies that are centred on transport and sustainability, through education and training, specifically cycling within neighbourhoods that are predominantly Indian and or Muslim living in the UK.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc by research)
Contributors: Adams, MD (Supervisor) and Sherriff, GA (Supervisor)
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Schools > School of Health and Society
Depositing User: Junaid Janvaria
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2019 14:52
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:19

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