Between Postmodern Sustainable Transport Policy and Modern Habits of People: a Private Car in Biographical Experiences of Polish Drivers



Between Postmodern Sustainable Transport Policy and Modern Habits of People: a Private Car in Biographical Experiences of Polish Drivers

Authors

Dawid Krysiński, University of Wrocław

Description

The aim of this paper is to show a role of a car in the life of Poles

Abstract

Dawid Krysiński
Department of Sociology
University of Wrocław

Between postmodern sustainable transport policy and modern habits of people: a private car in biographical experiences of Polish drivers

The aim of this paper is to show a role of a car in the life of Poles. The considerations will be based on a hypothesis that the signification of the automotive is the effect of multiple relations between public policy, culture of Polish society and needs of individuals. Therefore the lecture will try to describe a shape these connections and their impact on the daily life of Poles. In this context, using a car can be seen not only as an individual, conscious choice of people who try to travel as fast as it is possible. Driving a car can be rather understood as an effect of social pressure. Using the private vehicle is also natural part of family life (recognizable since early childhood) and a way to fight different obstacles or to build private identity. Thus, the following questions may be raised: could the car be replaced by other means of transport? Is the private car the inherent part of life in the postmodern reality? The answer to these questions will be based on the biographical interviews with Polish drivers. The results of the study will show a place of the car in the process of meeting needs and organizing various practices, starting from work and family life and ending with entertainment or shaping relationships with others in city’s public space.

Publisher

Association for European Transport