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Fashioning Suburban Aspiration: Awheel with the Catford Cycling Club, 1886-1900

Biddle-Perry, Geraldine (2014) Fashioning Suburban Aspiration: Awheel with the Catford Cycling Club, 1886-1900. The London Journal, 39 (3). pp. 187-204. ISSN 0305-8034

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Biddle-Perry, Geraldine

This essay interrogates young men's participation in cycling club activities in suburban London in the last decades of the nineteenth century. The records of various London cycling clubs, but in particular those belonging to the Catford Cycling Club in South East London (extant), are used to examine the cycling ‘boom’ at the end of the nineteenth century in terms of a new geography of status display. The essay situates suburban club cycling in the context of a Victorian Rational Recreation Movement and as an example of the popular dissemination of its ideals. The essay explores how concepts of ‘improvement’, allied to greater access to new forms of leisure and fashionable consumption, served as a model of bourgeois conformity but also offered opportunities for the negotiation of new and more heterogeneous social identities.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/0305803414Z.00000000048
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This article was selected as one of three 'Editor's Choice' for 2014

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Rational recreation, Aspiration, Cycling Club, Consumption, Uniforms
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: November 2014
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1179/0305803414Z.00000000048
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 17:30
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2015 06:10
Item ID: 8831
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/8831

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