Different worlds of motoring: Choice, constraint and risk in household consumption

Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Adam Leaver, Karel Williams

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The article shows how the old economic variable of income can be related to spatial location and used to reinforce recent revisionism in sociology which questions the automatic link between consumption and identity. The diversity of motoring experience is demonstrated through a case study of motoring in inner and outer London which draws on a variety of resources, including interviews from two London boroughs, survey evidence on household expenditure and other official statistics. The analysis shows how income and space variably define household motoring experience as one of choice or constraint and risk. The end result is a cultural economy analysis that shows how motoring sustains multiple, overlapping identities in different worlds of enabling and enforced consumption which connect with production. © The Editorial Board of The Sociological Review 2005.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-128
Number of pages32
Journalsociological review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005


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