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Air pollution as ‘slow violence’ during multi-day mountain bike trips

Nattress, Clare ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3296-4264 (2024) Air pollution as ‘slow violence’ during multi-day mountain bike trips. In: Cherrington, Jim, (ed.) Mountain Biking, Culture and Society. Taylor & Francis

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Bikepacking consists of multi-day, self-sufficient journeys by bike that usually take place off-road and is a phenomenon which has increased in popularity in the last 10 years. This chapter represents one of the first attempts to unpack contemporary multi-day mountain bike experiences, whilst identifying key themes in past and present scholarship. The chapter uncovers how mountain biking can be a performative art methodology to investigate, reveal, and disseminate the problem of air pollution. Multi-day mountain bike trips are cycled to collect data using a technological sensor, as well as employing artistic and embodied methods such as the concept of attunement. In doing so, I elucidate the ability to convey embodied experiences of dirty air through sensorial, affective, and more-than-cognitive registers. This research therefore calls attention to human and non-human bodies not only as victims of slow violence but also, conversely, as crucial sites of knowledge production.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/9364

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