Is the Kingdom of the Bicycles Rising Again? – Københavns Universitet

Videresend til en ven Resize Print Bookmark and Share

Sociologisk Institut > Forskning > Alle publikationer > Publikationsomtaler > Is the Kingdom of the ...

31. august 2017

Is the Kingdom of the Bicycles Rising Again?

Associate professor Hilda Rømer Christensen has contributed to the latest volume of Transfers with an article focused on cycling, gender and class in post socialist China.

The article 'Is the Kingdom of the Bicycles Rising Again? Cycling, Gender and Class in Postsocialist China' focuses on new types of cycling in postsocialist China, especially mountain and sports biking, and on the particular entanglements of gender and class brought with them. The shift in mobility and biking from the Mao era to the postsocialist China is analyzed in the contexts of cultural-analytical notions of global assemblages and gendered interpellations. Based on Chinese newspaper materials and fieldwork in Beijing and Shanghai, the article examines the social and gendered implications of the new biking cultures. These new biking practices mainly interpellate new
middle-class men and masculinities as part of an exclusive leisure culture. If the “Kingdom of the Bicycles” is going to rise again, there is a need for a broader scope that addresses access for all, including women and families, as smart bikers, as well as biking as a daily mode of transportation adresses new types of cycling in postsocialist China, especially mountain and sports biking, and on the particular entanglements of gender and class brought with them. The shift in mobility and biking from the Mao era to the postsocialist China is analyzed in the contexts of cultural-analytical notions of global assemblages and
gendered interpellations. Based on Chinese newspaper materials and fieldwork in Beijing and Shanghai, the article examines the social and gendered implications of the new biking cultures.

Hilda Rømer Christensen, Is the Kingdom of the Bicycles Rising Again? Cycling, Gender and Class in Postsocialist China, Transfers, vol. 7, 2017.