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Presenting an underground subculture of bike enthusiasts who aggressively resist car culture, Furness maps out the cultural trajectories between mobility, technology, urban space and everyday life. He connects bicycling to radical politics, public demonstrations, environmentalism, alternative media production, as well as to the development of community programs throughout the world. One Less Car also positions the bicycle as an object with which to analyze and critique some of the dominant cultural and political formations in the U. For Furness, bicycling is not just a way of getting from points A to B, it is a means for rethinking the world around us.
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As a committed cycling advocate, I devour pretty much anything that covers the hobby.
So I picked this book up hoping for an evenhanded treatment of all things to do with bicycling politics and culture. Author Zack Furness first takes us on an historical tour which tends to get bogged down quite a bit when he often takes us, tangentially, into French situationist politics and Debordian Marxism. While it's not dreadfully hard-going, it's not exactly page-turning stuff either. The problem is, the author seems very taken by the movements of the s and when he tries to bridge the gap to make it relevant to cycling, it just seems a bit forced.
Also, the more the book turns to politics, the more the author's own politics gets in the way. I don't mind an author having a point of view, but when it clouds the issues, that's a problem. And this is the biggest problem I have with the book: He pretty much gives 'Critical Mass' a free ride no pun intended , painting them as free-spirit progressive anarchists and blithely ignoring the criticisms that many have regarding their activities.
This same radically uncritical attitude is applied to bike paths - the author has his pro-bike path script and he's sticking to it with the fervour of a committed ideologue. But when it comes to Vehicular Cycling, he goes into full-fledged foaming-at-the-mouth attack dog mode. Now Vehicular Cycling or VC has its detractors, but in the end it is simply a method of operating a bicycle that is intended to keep cyclists both safe and legal.
While some of its advocates have a slash and burn strategy in terms of how they interact with others they are not the most easygoing bunch , I see no reason to get this riled up about it. Furness basically equates VC's advocates with the Ku Klux Klan, at one point calling VC 'racist' with little more argument than the fact that the League of American Wheelmen was once a long long time before VC was ever adopted by the organization a racist organization. He goes on to paint VC as a philosophy of middle-aged white elitist men.
This is totally uncalled for and I basically stopped crediting the author as having anything serious to say at this point. Furness's apparent rage towards certain cyclist advocates prevents him from giving us any sort of evenhanded assessment of cycling politics during the last 40 years, which is a shame, since that is what the book is trying to be about. While the book is not a complete loss chapter 2 is not bad , I found the book mildly tedious, extremely doctrinaire, uneven and deeply politically biased.
I urge prospective readers to avoid this one. This is an outstanding treatment of bicycles and their relationship to larger quality of life issues in the USA. The key idea s that of "automobility. Please enter your name. The E-mail message field is required. Please enter the message. Please verify that you are not a robot. Would you also like to submit a review for this item? You already recently rated this item. Your rating has been recorded. Write a review Rate this item: Preview this item Preview this item. Zachary Mooradian Furness Publisher: Temple University Press, English View all editions and formats Summary:.
Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Zachary Mooradian Furness Find more information about: Publisher Synopsis "One Less Car is a serious update and expansion of the social and political history of bicycling.