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Title: Compromise and constraint : disabled people's experience of local transport in Swansea, UK
Author: Porter, A. M.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis explores the extent and nature of transport disability experienced by people aged 16-69 with physical or sensory impairments when travelling around Swansea, South Wales. Existing studies have attempted to measure transport disability, but have generally failed to link it to wider theoretical or structural concerns, or to explore disabled people's responses to transport disability. This study addresses both gaps, while making links between two bodies of literature: one concerned with transport policy and planning, and the other with theoretical understandings of the nature of disability, which treat disability as a social process distinct from the bodily experience of impairment. Patterns of transport disability were explored through a questionnaire survey of 114 disabled people. Analysis using SPSS found that, on average, disabled people made about one third as many journeys as the as the average Briton. Non-transport factors were very significant in shaping travel habits. Indices of activity and contentment were derived, and correlation of the two suggested that people who travelled more were not necessarily more content. Eleven disabled people took part in qualitative interviews, participant observation and discussion groups to explore the processes of transport disability. Analysis using NUD*IST helped to develop an understanding of three strategies for travel used by disabled people. Each of these was shown not only to offer a limited, compromised solution, but at the same time to perpetuate existing disabling practices and structures. The study concludes that a greater understanding of the complexities of transport disability is needed to guide policy responses. Disability should be treated as a series of simultaneous and related processes, which may be material or ideal in nature. There should be more effective mechanisms for including disabled people's own experiences and desires in transport policy and planning.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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