By Joseph Cacciari, Leslie Belton-Chevallier
Giving up car ownership is a potentially strong choice given its importance in travel practices in France. The absence of a car or its slightest presence does not necessarily materialize a gap devaluing to the norm, a stigma, when we examine the whole trajectory, from the socialization of individuals to the car. Based on the results of a qualitative survey by biographical interviews with people without cars, we examine both the multiple drivers of demotorization and the effectiveness of a potential stigma. Ultimately, it is a question of understanding the diversity of automobile socializations and their impacts in terms of renouncing this mode of travel.