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Editorial 18 - The wider social context of transport and health
Journal of Transport & Health, Volume: 18, Start page: 100925
Swansea University Author: Charles Musselwhite
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DOI (Published version): 10.1016/j.jth.2020.100925
In a society where the negative externalities of transport need to be reduced there has been an increasing emphasis on a more person-centred understanding of transport and travel behaviour change (Musselwhite, 2020). This has led to a need for research, policy and practice to understand transport in...
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In a society where the negative externalities of transport need to be reduced there has been an increasing emphasis on a more person-centred understanding of transport and travel behaviour change (Musselwhite, 2020). This has led to a need for research, policy and practice to understand transport in the wider social context, not isolated or divorced from its social origin. Over the past decade, there has been a growing recognition of the need to view transport within the social context of which it is embedded (Musselwhite and Curl, 2018). The traditional consideration of transport as an abstract concept divorced from its social origin has resulted in at transport policy and practice that has unintended consequences for wider society within which transport is part of. As a result the system has been dominated by private motor vehicles at the expense of the environment, personal health and safety creating a society dependent on oil, a society severed in residential areas with associated eradication of local service, shops and provision and an unhealthy acceptance of injury and death and associated illness. The negation of the social element of transport has reduced the concept of travel and transport to a mere mechanism of getting to a destination as quickly and efficiently as possible for the greater majority at the exclusion of localness and the positive utility of the journey.
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences