AMBIVALENT MOBILITIES: A Case Study on Scooter Drivers in Aalborg

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Nina Vogel
The case study on scooter drivers in Aalborg is an example of ambivalent mobilities. The case in itself serves with interesting and valuable knowledge about the multidimensionality of mobilities. Scooter driving is framed fairly negative in Danish mobile culture and reveals the power and use of mobilities, namely in this case social exclusion. Explicit personal morals or lifestyles and more general dominant standards or ideologies in a society are present and exert influence on mobile behaviour.
People are attracted to or as well torn between attributes of mobilities that reflect a social belonging or status to identify with and to represent this identity to others. Depending on the values and morals present in society and possible pressure against personal attraction, ambivalent conditions can occur. Ambivalences reveal the ambiguity in mobilities and moreover the values and meaning struggling with each other. The reactions on such ambivalent conditions, the handling via norms for example, reflect underlying attitudes towards mobilities. With normative structures people attempt to orient in social complexity and to simplify decisions of right and wrong. To deal with ambivalent mobilities can help to understand mobilities more profound and to reveal the dominant principles that determine mobile action and development most.
LanguageEnglish
Publication date10 Jun 2010
Number of pages171
Publishing institutionAalborg University
ID: 32691725