Between mobility and mooring – coping strategies of multi-local-living-commuters

Authors: Claudia Hille*, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt
Topics: Transportation Geography, Qualitative Research
Keywords: commuting, multi-locality, mobility
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: 8217, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The issue of residential multi-local housing has emerged recently in late-modern societies. Driven by the dynamics of globalization and changing labour markets employees are faced with increased requirements on their mobility. According to the theory of second modernity the rise of spatial mobility is the consequence of a whole bunch of social processes. This means that the social circumstances are rapidly changing. Accompanying this social change the demand for travel is rising. High speed-transport infrastructure, rising motorization and low priced air travel have set a conducive framework for long-distance commuting and multi-locality.
In my paper I argue that multi-locality is a strategy to avoid relocation and the result of a conscious choice between commuting or relocation. The extension of multi-local living arrangements is not without consequences for our cities. I will show what multi-local living people demand from urban infrastructure (e.g. housing market, traffic infrastructure) and how they deal with mobility.
Based on a qualitative survey with in-depth interviews with multi-local-living households (N=26) I present how they live and work "on the move". I identify coping strategies for their daily mobility and focus especially on the time they spent traveling between their different places of residence. How they deal with their enormous level of mobility, how they use time and how they arrange their everyday family life while being absent, are just a few questions I try to answer. In the conclusion of my presentation I will discuss how routines and ritualized practices help multi-local-living-commuters to arrange with their lifestyle.

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