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Legitimising risk taking: articulating dangerous behaviour on the road
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, Transport and Location Analysis. KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Transport Studies, CTS.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7124-7164
2014 (English)In: Transportation planning and technology (Print), ISSN 0308-1060, E-ISSN 1029-0354, Vol. 37, no 1, 62-82 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Using a deliberative approach 228 members of the public from four locations in the United Kingdom took part in six focus groups that met on three occasions. Applying a model based on two interlocking sets of theories (Ajzen's Theory of Planned Behaviour and Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory) in the analysis of participants' responses, the paper explores the social and environmental systems that an individual interacts with in the articulation of risky behaviours on the road. Participants discussed how taking risks changed over their lifecourse and how they became safer with age. Social norms and perceived behavioural control influence road user safety behaviour through the exchanging of attitudes, and younger drivers especially are more likely to embrace the symbolic role of the car. The paper concludes that the nature of identity and culture within risk taking is important when designing interventions on the ground.

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2014. Vol. 37, no 1, 62-82 p.
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risk taking, driver behaviour, ecological systems, theory of planned behaviour, social psychology, identity
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Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-138244DOI: 10.1080/03081060.2013.844905ISI: 000328465900005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84890797048OAI: diva2:680645

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