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Subject/Keyword
autonomy
embodiment
bicycle
culturally constituted meaning
competence
frequent cyclists
age-grading
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Coleman, Karly A.
Supervisor and department
Oak, Arlene (Human Ecology)
Examining committee member and department
Greer, Joan (Art and Design)
MacQueen, Rachel (Human Ecology)
Department
Department of Human Ecology
Specialization
Material Culture
Date accepted
2015-09-25T15:11:32Z
Graduation date
2015-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study aligns the concepts of identity and attachment with the material object of the bicycle. Through analyzing interviews to consider how people speak about their bicycles, I locate the bicycle as a significant ‘experiential object’ that can be relevant over a person’s life course. Although this study is located in the field of material culture studies, I draw on work from other fields to consider a range of issues concerning how people experience their bicycles Twenty-eight self-identified frequent cyclists were interviewed for this project. The interviews were coded and analyzed through approaches associated with forms of discourse analysis, including membership categorization analysis. Underpinning this study are the concepts of autonomy, competence, and relatedness and culturally constituted meaning, in terms of how these concepts relate to peoples’ experiences of their bicycles. As well, this study illuminates how, since a bicycle is one of the few things from childhood that is still potentially used in much the same way in adulthood, the experiential aspect may be a powerful generator of memory, emotion, and attachment.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3QV3C865
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