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New Directions for Residential Mobility Research: Linking Lives Through Time and Space

27 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2013  

Rory Coulter

University of St. Andrews

Maarten van Ham

Delft University of Technology - OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies; University of St. Andrews; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Allan Findlay

University of St. Andrews

Abstract

While researchers are increasingly reconceptualising international migration, less interest is being shown in rethinking the geographies of short-distance residential mobility and immobility. Short-distance moves are crucial for the structuration of everyday life, the operation of housing and labour markets and the (re)production of social inequalities. This paper argues that a deeper understanding of residential mobility and immobility can be gained by exploring developments in longitudinal analysis while seeking theoretical innovations derived from extending life course theories. Rethinking the geographies of residential mobility around notions of 'linked lives' will allow us to understand, critique and address major contemporary challenges.

Keywords: biography, life course, linked lives, longitudinal analysis, relationality, residential mobility

JEL Classification: J61, R23

Suggested Citation

Coulter, Rory and van Ham, Maarten and Findlay, Allan, New Directions for Residential Mobility Research: Linking Lives Through Time and Space. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7525. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2314820

Rory Coulter (Contact Author)

University of St. Andrews ( email )

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Maarten Van Ham

Delft University of Technology - OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies ( email )

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University of St. Andrews ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Allan Findlay

University of St. Andrews ( email )

North St
Saint Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
United Kingdom

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