• Amalie Karoline Bech Jørgensen
4. term, Sustaianable Cities, Master (Master Programme)
The following project investigates how Shove et al.’s Practice Theory can be used to understand 11 inhabitants, from the case area around Kildebakke and Buddinge Station, mobility practice performances. Practice Theory is a theory that is used to explain the habits and activities by a group of people by categorising different elements; materials, meanings and competences. The theory allows for an understanding of how certain practices emerge and change. This is interesting in this case because the interviewees live in Gentofte and Gladsaxe Municipality where there is a focus on facilitating a shift towards more sustainable mobility modes. Throughout the project the use of the interviews allowed for the best possible understanding of the inhabitants practices as they could explain the nuanced thoughts that went into the development of their practice performances. The interview method was inspired by Kvale and Brinkmann’s semi- structured research interview.
The interviews showed that the perceived time the interviewees experience on their journeys are important in regards to which mobility mode they chose. Furthermore the freedom that is associated with the car seemed quite evident in the reasonings of several interviewees mobility practice performance preferences. However, more than anything, what the interviewees showed was that each performance of the practices were dependent on their experiences throughout time but also that the links between the three interdependent elements of meaning material and competences needed to be strong in order for the practice performance to become the perferred mobility practice. Understanding what affects the inhabitants mobility practice performances means that planners have a better understanding of where policies and plans can be used in order to help Gladsaxe and Gentofte Municipality achieve their goals.
Publication date27 Jun 2017
Number of pages131
ID: 259448841