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Mobility and social inequality: exploring the nexus by the means of sequence analysis and geovisualisation


Tuggener, Stephanie; Coltekin, Arzu; Fabrikant, Sara I (2012). Mobility and social inequality: exploring the nexus by the means of sequence analysis and geovisualisation. In: International Symposium Masculine/feminine: Geographical Dialogues and Beyond, Grenoble, 10 December 2012 - 12 December 2012.

Abstract

This paper reports on a study investigating patterns of long- and mid-term mobility over the life course and their potential interrelationships with social inequality. The study focuses on a sample of persons in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland. We examine whether spatial and temporal characteristics of mobility patterns differ according to indices of social inequality such as gender, educational attainment, or income, and if yes, how. A methodological framework is developed that enables studying the nexus of mobility and social inequality from different perspectives. Sequence analysis is introduced to this research area in order to reveal mobility patterns and to study their temporal characteristics. This approach is complemented with advanced geovisualisation techniques that enable studying the spatial dimensions of the mobility patterns of various social groups. Our results show that different social groups show similar mobility patterns despite their differing social characteristics. Gender inequalities such as women's disadvantage regarding income or educational attainment exist across the mobility patterns. This persistent gender pattern indicates that the mobility patterns do not necessarily differ along the same axes that structure the society and that the relationships between mobility patterns and social inequalities are complex.

Abstract

This paper reports on a study investigating patterns of long- and mid-term mobility over the life course and their potential interrelationships with social inequality. The study focuses on a sample of persons in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland. We examine whether spatial and temporal characteristics of mobility patterns differ according to indices of social inequality such as gender, educational attainment, or income, and if yes, how. A methodological framework is developed that enables studying the nexus of mobility and social inequality from different perspectives. Sequence analysis is introduced to this research area in order to reveal mobility patterns and to study their temporal characteristics. This approach is complemented with advanced geovisualisation techniques that enable studying the spatial dimensions of the mobility patterns of various social groups. Our results show that different social groups show similar mobility patterns despite their differing social characteristics. Gender inequalities such as women's disadvantage regarding income or educational attainment exist across the mobility patterns. This persistent gender pattern indicates that the mobility patterns do not necessarily differ along the same axes that structure the society and that the relationships between mobility patterns and social inequalities are complex.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Event End Date:12 December 2012
Deposited On:26 Feb 2013 13:59
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 20:19
Related URLs:http://biennale-genre.sciencesconf.org/resource/page?id=16&lang=en (Organisation)

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