On the road: travelling salesmen and experiences of mobility in Britain before 1939

French, M. (2010) On the road: travelling salesmen and experiences of mobility in Britain before 1939. Journal of Transport History, 31(2), pp. 133-150. (doi:10.7227/TJTH.31.2.2)

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Abstract

Mobility has been a significant influence in the formation of identities for individuals and for certain occupations. Recent studies emphasises the associations of mobility with a sense of autonomy and personal freedom. This article explores the implications of mobility for a particular occupation, commercial travellers or travelling salesmen during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It assess the changing duration and life on the road and the impact of new forms of transport, from horseback to motor car. Mobility fundamentally shaped travellers' daily experiences, the ways in which they perceived themselves and their public image.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:French, Professor Michael
Authors: French, M.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Transport History
Publisher:Manchester University Press
ISSN:0022-5266
ISSN (Online):1759-3999
Published Online:23 October 2012
First Published:First published in Journal of Transport History 31(2):133-150
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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