Year of Publication
Master of Arts (MA)
Communication and Information Studies
Dr. Thomas R. Lindlof
This study analyzes the bicycling community of Lexington, Kentucky. Interviews and participant observation were conducted in order to better understand the structure of Lexington’s cycling community, revealing three prominent groups/types of cyclists: (1) road cyclists, (2) underground/urban cyclists, and (3) commuters. The characteristics of each group are discussed, with particular attention devoted to the underground/urban cyclists, due to their politically-minded culture. Building from prior social movement literature, the unique framing processes of the underground/urban cycling group are analyzed in order to explore the group as a new social movement. Finally, the potential for a broader cycling movement based upon interests common to all cyclists is discussed.
Schwartz, Mitchael Lee, "CYCLING AS A POLITICAL ACT: THE FRAMING AND CULTURE THAT CREATE A NEW SOCIAL MOVEMENT" (2010). University of Kentucky Master's Theses. 6.