The role of social science theory and methodology in the understanding and improvement of road safety in Asia

King, Mark J. (2000) The role of social science theory and methodology in the understanding and improvement of road safety in Asia. In International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology, 4-7 September 2000, Berne, Switzerland.

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Standard approaches to the understanding and improvement of road safety in motorised countries have been developed over several decades. They have been based on theoretical and methodological approaches which have also been developed in motorised countries, the majority of which have European social and political institutions and cultural heritages. There is some evidence that these standard approaches to road user behaviour do not always transfer readily to less motorised countries. This may be due to inadequacies in social science theories and methodologies when they are applied in a non-European context. Alternatively, the theoretical basis for the road safety interventions used may not have been reinterpreted in the new context, because a particular interpretation of the theory applies generally to motorised countries, and has thus become implicit. In addition, methodologies employed to determine the behavioural features of the local context, such as potential road user interaction with new road safety interventions, may be underutilised or inappropriate for the task. This paper describes research undertaken to explore these alternative explanations, discusses the implications of the findings, and makes recommendations for future research and practice.

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ID Code: 9646
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychological Methodology Design and Analysis (170110)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:46

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