Gender differences in daily mobility: recent evidence from post-socialist Prague

Authors: Petra Spackova*, Charles University, Czech Republic, Pavlína Netrdová, Charles University, Czech Republic, Lucie Pospíšilová, Charles University, Czech Republic
Topics: Urban Geography, Transportation Geography
Keywords: daily mobility, commuting, gender
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Poydras, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Significant changes of temporal and spatial relationships over the last few decades have changed the society and people's behaviour. To be mobile is necessary; daily mobility is required in the individual's everyday lives and it is considered to be an important component of quality of life. However, women are generally considered to be less mobile than men, especially in particular phases of life cycle, as a consequence of uneven gender relations in our society. Thus we believe that focusing on the impact of increasing mobility demands on women's everyday lives is necessary. Although feminist geographies have been developing for decades in Western context and thus had chance to concentrate on various aspects of fe(male) identities in relation to mobility, in the Czech Republic and also some other post-socialist countries the research is still at the beginning. Therefore, the aim of our paper is to explore gender aspects of daily mobility patterns in the city of Prague and to investigate the interplay between daily mobility, socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, gender relations within households, and the location of the place of residence within the city. By analysing commuting patterns (based on data from Census 2011), we show how the gender differences, especially the gendered division of labour, are reflected in commuting times to work and the modal split (with a special focus on car use).

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