Forthcoming book on city cycling

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Moral Mobilities follows clashes between the worlds imagined by Boltanski and Thévenot in On Justification

In summer 2018, my recent work on cycling came to fruition in a book manuscript to be published in 2019/20 by University of Nebraska Press. Entitled Assembling Moral Mobilities: Cycling, Cities & the Common Good (funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant), the book illuminates how cycling animates five radically different visions of ‘the good city,’ drawing on sociological work by Luc Boltanski, Laurent Thévenot and Bruno Latour.  Assembling Moral Mobilities is guided by two simple, quantitative insights: Canada is one of the most urban yet one of the most car dependent nations on earth, where city cycling is rare and white male-dominated; BUT according to neighbourhood numbers, in some places (e.g. Queen St. West in Toronto, East Van) cycling is thriving, even approaching gender parity (which happens in high cycling contexts). Launching off these insights, Assembling Moral Mobilities offers a mobile ethnography of the irreducible plurality of the good (cycling) city.