Auto Motives: Understanding Car Use Behaviours

Product Details
15 Feb 2011
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
312 pages - 174 x 246 x 23mm


Our global reliance on private automobiles as the primary means for transporting individuals is likely to become of increasing political importance over the next ten to twenty years. While the individual benefits of car-based travel continues to be recognized, the wider environmental and social cost of automobiles is also significant and the need for political intervention to control some of their worst effects is increasingly accepted within policy circles internationally. It is within this wider context that "Auto Motives" is set. It critically evaluates the evidence for better understanding 'what drives us to drive'. Uniquely, it draws together and explains the diverse theoretical literatures that pertain to people's auto motives and considers these theories in light of empirical research of what actually informs our automobile decisions and behaviours. With contributions from leading academic experts from around the world, its core arguments and narratives are presented in such a way as to offer widespread appeal to a wide ranging audience.
Understanding Auto Motives. 
Conceptualising Car 'Dependence'. 
Motivating Changes in Auto Mobility.  
Mobility Without Accessibility: The Case of Car Use and Discretionary Activities. 
Insights on Car-Use Behaviors from Behavioral Economics.  
Drivers of Auto Ownership: The Role of Past Experience and Peer Pressure.  
The Car as a Material Possession: Exploring the Link between Materialism and Car Ownership and Use. 
Car Use and Gender: The Case of Dual-Earner Families in Utrecht, The Netherlands.  
Driving off into the Sunset: The Implications of the Growing Automobility of Older Travelers. 
Mobility vs. Affordability as Motivations for Car-Ownership Choice in Urban Fringe, Low-Income Australia. 
Driving to the Breadline.  
Migrating to Driving: Exploring the Multiple Dimensions of Immigrants' Automobile Use. 
Immigrants and Automobility in New Jersey: The Role of Spatial and Occupational Factors in Commuting to Work. 

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