Travel Socialization: A Social Theory of Travel Mode Behavior

This article reports research investigating the cultural determinants of children's travel. A new perspective, travel socialization theory, is presented. This states that children learn about travel modes in the same way as other aspects of culture through agents of socialization: the family, school, media, and peer groups. The role of each is discussed. A theoretical implication of travel socialization is that our thinking and attitudes toward transport modes are embedded in childhood. A policy implication is that car dependency should be viewed as a social problem and tackled from a social policy rather than just a travel demand management approach.


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  • Accession Number: 01091834
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2008 11:29AM