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Cycling in a Global World

Introduction to the Special Section

Ruth Oldenziel and Adri Albert de la Bruhèze

During their transnational circulation, bicycles became glocalized as local users tailored them to fit local laws, customs, user preferences and cultures. Bicycles thus acquired many different local meanings as users incorporated them into daily lifes and practices in diverse global settings. To show the importance of 'normalized use', i.e. rural bicycle use, in which cycling became enduring, sustainable, new, old and new again, we need globally grounded histories of mobility.

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Editorial

Mimi Sheller and Gijs Mom

, thereby building on existing literature in each respective field but also opening new research questions. Thus, each article offers creative ways to address practices such as bicycling, music performances, migration, or gender relations in new ways. And

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Gijs Mom

and redefinitions of what it means to be mobile, either in a bus, in a car, or on a bicycle, or through a cell phone, a game, or the Internet, or, for that matter, in just a dangerous situation, as the current issue will testify. These reformulations

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Editorial

Stéphanie Ponsavady

Central Mexico by studying a single repair shop in Aguascalientes. In this region, the bicycle has represented an important tool of mobility for working people, but their mobility has been compromised in recent decades by the ascendance of the personal

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Boys and Storytelling, Guest Editors’ Introduction

Jonathan A. Allan and Cliff Leek

does not focus squarely on sexuality, there are some resonances to be found between the above articles and Brian Frehner's “‘Hand-Me-Down Habitats’: Bicycles, Youth, and Open Space in the 1970s,” which brings together boys, bicycles, and both the

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Editorial

Gijs Mom and Georgine Clarsen

with containers), aviation, and general transport. Articles on railways, walking, and bicycling were not represented last year. But what is most important is that we had four articles (nearly a quarter of all published) dealing with “mobility writ large

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Gijs Mom and Georgine Clarsen

passenger car driven by private benefactors (whom the media routinely called “smugglers”), they were joined by fellow refugees who managed to cross the border between Russia and Norway on bicycles, literally using a loophole in local transborder rules. When

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Transformation and the Satisfaction of Work

Andrew Sanchez

work when his employer reduced his hours in the face of financial problems. As we squatted on the ground of the metal yard one afternoon, surrounded by broken bicycles, tin cans, and assorted detritus, he told me that he missed his old job. Although

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Explaining sustainable regional integration to my parents

Zenyram Koff Maganda

sustainability. New transport policies in many European cities have both adopted environmentally friendly buses and trams and built bicycle lanes on most major urban roads. For example, Luxembourg has established the vel'OH program where riders can rent bicycles

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Medical Ethnography over Time

Penetrating “the fog of health” in a Nigerian community, 1970–2017

Murray Last

quite rapidly along the paths, whereas before ordinary pedal bicycles could scarcely take the ill or those in difficult, obstructed labour for help. Though there was a small universityrun hospital some 25 miles away, it had no ambulances available – even