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Cycling through gendered lives

Exploring the link between structural gender inequalities, gender norms and mobility practices in Japan and beyond

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Published on Friday, January 07, 2022 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

This workshop will explore the link between structural gender inequalities, cultural gender norms, and women’s bicycling practices. Research works from around the world will be confronted to the “critical case” (Flyvbjerg, Bent 2006) of Tokyo to identify ways forward for research on gender and cycling.

Announcement

Argument

Women remain strongly underrepresented among cyclists in Western cities (Pucher, John; Buehler, Ralph 2012). Past studies exploring barriers to women cycling have reached two conclusions. First, women would not cycle as much as men because they would be more risk-averse ; second, unequally shared domestic responsibilities would make their mobilities too complex to cycle (Ravensbergen, Léa; Buliung, Ron; Laliberté, Nicole 2019). Women would thus be more likely to cycle where secured infrastructure is provided, and where domestic tasks are equally shared between men and women (Prati, Gabriele; Fraboni, Federico; De Angelis, Marco; Pietrantoni, Luca; Johnson, Daniel; Shires, Jeremy 2019). However, these widely accepted results, based on concurring Western studies, do not hold in the context of Tokyo.In Tokyo, women represent the majority (57%) of cyclists (Goel, Rahul; Goodman, Anna; Aldred, Rachel; Nakamura, Ryota; Tatah, Lambed; Garcia, Leandro Martin Totaro; Zapata-Diomedi, Belen; de Sa, Thiago Herick; Tiwari, Geetam; de Nazelle, Audrey; Tainio, Marko; Buehler, Ralph; Götschi, Thomas; Woodcock, James 2021) and cycling is overwhelmingly used for household-serving trips (TMATPC, 2018). Yet, Japan is marked by strong gender inequalities: Japanese women spend on average 23 hours per week on care and household chores, while men only spend 5 hours on these tasks (Cabinet Cabinet Office; Gender Equality Bureau 2016). Japanese women also face the largest wage gap in the world, and lack of welfare state support still encourages a lot of them to quit their job when they have a child (Shirahase, Sawako 2014). This case points to the complex links between women’s mobilities and their position in society.This workshop will explore the link between structural gender inequalities, cultural gender norms, and women’s bicycling practices. Research works from around the world will be confronted to the “critical case” (Flyvbjerg, Bent 2006) of Tokyo to identify ways forward for research on gender and cycling.

To accommodate researchers from several different countries, and given the ongoing travel uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop will be held online.

Registration

Online - In English

Registration

Contact: events_ffj@ehess.fr

Programme

20th January 2022

10.00-12.45 (France) | 18.00-20.45 (Japan) | 9.00-11.45 (United Kingdom)

10.00 | Opening Remarks Sébastien Lechevalier (FFJ-EHESS), Pierre-Édouard Sorel (Michelin), Marion Lagadic (2021 FFJ/Michelin Foundation fellow, University of Oxford)

Session 1

Moderator: Marion Lagadic (2021 FFJ/Michelin Foundation fellow, University of Oxford)

  • 10.15 | Working ‘through’ urban transformations, Dr. Nihan Akyelken (University of Oxford)
  • 11.00 | Local care loops and classed time disciplines, Dr. Lena Näre (University of Helsinki)
  • 11.45 | Materialities of gendered cycling experiences in France and in Australia, Margot Abord de Chatillon (University of Lyon)

12.30 | Concluding Remarks Marion Lagadic (2021 FFJ/Michelin Foundation fellow, University of Oxford)

21th January 2022

10.00-12.45 (France) | 18.00-20.45 (Japan) | 9.00-11.45 (United Kingdom)

  • 10.00 | Opening Remarks Marion Lagadic (2021 FFJ/Michelin Foundation fellow, University of Oxford)

Session 2

Moderator: Marion Lagadic (2021 FFJ/Michelin Foundation fellow, University of Oxford)

  • 10.15 | Gendered Realms, Gendered Activities, and Gendered Norms in Japan, Dr. Chigusa Yamaura (University of Oxford)
  • 11.00 | Planning Policies and Diverse Bicycle Needs in Japan: the vision and gap, Dr. Kazuki Nakamura (Meijo University)
  • 11.45 | Tokyo’s new stance towards cycling: a gender analysis, Marion Lagadic (2021 FFJ/Michelin Foundation fellow, University of Oxford)

12.30 | Concluding Remarks Sébastien Lechevalier (FFJ-EHESS)

Programme (PDF version)

Event format

Full online event


Date(s)

  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
  • Friday, January 21, 2022

Keywords

  • Japan, bicycle, women, gender, inequality, norm, mobility, Tokyo

Contact(s)

  • Céline Caliaro
    courriel : celine [dot] caliaro [at] ehess [dot] fr

Information source

  • Céline Caliaro
    courriel : celine [dot] caliaro [at] ehess [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Cycling through gendered lives », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Friday, January 07, 2022, https://calenda.org/952792

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