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Why did the chicken cross the road, and what's funny about it? The role of transportation cartoons in social experiences


  • Salomon, Ilan
  • Singer, Rachel


This article samples a number of transport related situations that cartoonists sketch in the media, thereby taking a stand and offering solutions regarding transportation issues. We discuss the relationship that is created by the cartoonists and ultimately involves both the general public and transportation professionals. Our analysis offers insight into popular perceptions of transportation experiences through social commentary, transmitted as graphic humor, regarding common situations, which are observed in transport systems. A theory and qualitative research based approach is used to address the complex connections between our daily responses and transportation contexts. An analysis of topical components of transportation systems and experiences as perceived by users and policymakers utilize the representations by cartoonists. By examining how the issues interrelate, we built a storyline that presents observations and critiques.

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  • Salomon, Ilan & Singer, Rachel, 2011. "Why did the chicken cross the road, and what's funny about it? The role of transportation cartoons in social experiences," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 1-12, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:trapol:v:18:y:2011:i:1:p:1-12

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    1. Mokhtarian, Patricia L. & Salomon, Ilan, 2001. "How derived is the demand for travel? Some conceptual and measurement considerations," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 35(8), pages 695-719, September.
    2. Frew, Elspeth, 2006. "The humour tourist: A conceptualisation," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 59(5), pages 643-646, May.
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