Pathways of disadvantage: walking as a mode of transport among low-income mothers

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622392
Title:
Pathways of disadvantage: walking as a mode of transport among low-income mothers
Authors:
Bostock, Lisa
Abstract:
Research shows that lack of car ownership is associated with poorer health. It is often assumed that the reason for this observed relationship is that access to a car ‹ or not ‹ reflects access to household assets. Consequently, lack of car ownership is used as a standard marker of low socio-economic status. However, little attention has been paid to the experience of carlessness in the context of disadvantaged lives. This paper argues that 'no access to a car' is not only an indicator of low socio-economic status but of walking as a mode of transport. These arguments are illustrated by data from a study of 30 low-income mothers with young children. Although walking is promoted as both an excellent and inexpensive form of exercise, these data suggest that reliance on walking can have negative effects on the welfare of families. The paper draws on qualitative data to describe the ways in which carlessness restricts access to health and social care resources such as food shops, health-care services and social networks. It also explores the impact of walking on the well being of mothers and their day-to-day relationships with children. This is compounded by walking through areas that are neglected and depressed. The paper concludes that strategies to reduce social exclusion must recognise the contradictory health effects of walking and aim to regenerate the physical fabric of social housing estates as well as improve public transport options.
Citation:
Bostock L (2000) 'Pathways of disadvantage: walking as a mode of transport among low-income mothers', Health and Social Care in the Community, 9 (1), pp.11-18.
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Health and Social Care in the Community
Issue Date:
9-Sep-2000
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622392
DOI:
10.1046/j.1365-2524.2001.00275.x
Additional Links:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2524.2001.00275.x/abstract
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0966-0410
Appears in Collections:
Applied social sciences

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBostock, Lisaen
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-17T13:53:54Z-
dc.date.available2017-11-17T13:53:54Z-
dc.date.issued2000-09-09-
dc.identifier.citationBostock L (2000) 'Pathways of disadvantage: walking as a mode of transport among low-income mothers', Health and Social Care in the Community, 9 (1), pp.11-18.en
dc.identifier.issn0966-0410-
dc.identifier.doi10.1046/j.1365-2524.2001.00275.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622392-
dc.description.abstractResearch shows that lack of car ownership is associated with poorer health. It is often assumed that the reason for this observed relationship is that access to a car ‹ or not ‹ reflects access to household assets. Consequently, lack of car ownership is used as a standard marker of low socio-economic status. However, little attention has been paid to the experience of carlessness in the context of disadvantaged lives. This paper argues that 'no access to a car' is not only an indicator of low socio-economic status but of walking as a mode of transport. These arguments are illustrated by data from a study of 30 low-income mothers with young children. Although walking is promoted as both an excellent and inexpensive form of exercise, these data suggest that reliance on walking can have negative effects on the welfare of families. The paper draws on qualitative data to describe the ways in which carlessness restricts access to health and social care resources such as food shops, health-care services and social networks. It also explores the impact of walking on the well being of mothers and their day-to-day relationships with children. This is compounded by walking through areas that are neglected and depressed. The paper concludes that strategies to reduce social exclusion must recognise the contradictory health effects of walking and aim to regenerate the physical fabric of social housing estates as well as improve public transport options.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2524.2001.00275.x/abstracten
dc.rightsYellow - can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)-
dc.subjectmothersen
dc.subjectpovertyen
dc.subjectwalkingen
dc.titlePathways of disadvantage: walking as a mode of transport among low-income mothersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalHealth and Social Care in the Communityen
dc.date.updated2017-11-17T13:40:06Z-
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