The Tragedy of the Highway : Empowerment, Disempowerment and the Politics of Sustainability Discourses and Practices

The Tragedy of the Highway : Empowerment, Disempowerment and the Politics of Sustainability Discourses and Practices

Publication Type:
article-journal
Date Issued:
2000
Authors:
Guy Baeten
Publisher:
Routledge
Language:
eng
Page:
69-86
DOI:
10.1080/096543100110938
Abstract:

It is argued in this paper that the orthodox sustainable transport vision leads to the further empowerment of technocratic and elitist groups in society while simultaneously contributing to the further disempowerment of those marginalized social groups who were already bearing the burden of the environmental problems resulting from a troubled transport system. Scalar redefinitions of the transport problem play a prominent role in the twin processes of empowerment and disempowerment. Furthermore, the contributions of spatial planning and neo-classical transport economics to the sustainable transport discourses will be critically investigated. The issues of transport inequality and transport poverty should be re-inserted into the dominant transport policy debates and practices.