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Running on emptyTransport, social exclusion and environmental justice.$
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Karen Lucas

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345707

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345707.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Running on empty
Author(s):

Karen Lucas

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345707.003.0001

This chapter introduces the topics covered by this book. Traditionally, transport has not appeared as a topic of analysis in the social sciences; equally its social effects have tended to be overlooked by the transport disciplines. A key aim of the book is to encourage greater cross-fertilisation between these two disciplines. The main focus of the text is policy and practice in England and the US. In both the US and UK, non-car ownership is overwhelmingly concentrated among low-income and other disadvantaged sectors of the population. This book demonstrates that fundamental differences between patterns of land use and the transportation systems in the UK and the US have an effect on the demographic nature of the problem of poor transport and access, as well as its geographical distribution and its level and intensity among the population of the two countries.

Keywords:   social exclusion, non-car ownership, transport, US, England, transportation systems

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