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A Question of Compromise? Case Study Evidence on the Location and Mobility Strategies of Dual Career Households


  • A. E. Green


GREEN A. E. (1997) A question of compromise? Case study evidence on the location and mobility strategies of dual career households, Reg. Studies 31, 641-657. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 30 dual career households, this paper presents a framework for the study of, and selected evidence on, the key factors influencing the location and mobility strategies of a privileged and growing group of the population. The ways in which such factors are 'traded off' one against another in decision making, and how individual sacrifices may be made for household benefits, are outlined. Accessible semi-rural areas emerge as one of the most preferred residential environments for dual career households, with many couples prepared to commute long distances to work - nearly always by car - in order to live in such areas. A further advantage of a location accessible to a motorway junction is that commuting potential for both partners is maximized, while the need for residential migration is minimized. GREEN A. E. (1997) Une question de compromis? des preuves provenant d'un cas d'etude portant sur les strategies de localisation et de mobilite des menages a double carriere, Reg. Studies 31, 641-657. Puisant dans des entrevues approfondies aupres d'une trentaine de menages a double carriere, cet article cherche a presenter un cadre qui permettra l'etude des facteurs cles qui influent sur les strategies de localisation et de mobilite d'une couche a la fois privilegiee et croissante. Il presente aussi quelques preuves. On esquisse comment de tels facteurs se voient troquer, l'un contre l'autre, dans la prise de decision et la mesure ou on consentit des sacrifices individuels au profit du menage. Il s'avere que les zones rurales peri-urbaines et d'acces facile sont parmi les lieux de residence preferes des menages a double carriere, dont une proportion non-negligeable est prete a faire de longs trajets quotidiens au lieu de travail - presque toujours en automobile - afin d'habiter de telles zones. Un atout supplementaire d'un endroit qui donne acces a un noeud autoroutier c'est la possibilite offerte aux deux partenaires de tirer le maximum des trajets quotidiens et le minimum de la necessite de se deplacer pour raisons de logement. GREEN A. E. (1997) Eine Kompromissfrage? Fallstudienbeweise fu¨r Standort-und Mobilita¨tsstrategien in Haushalten mit zweierlei Karrieren, Reg. Studies 31, 643-659. Der vorliegende, sich auf gru¨ndliche Interviews in dreissig Haushalten, in denen zweierlei Karrieren verfolgt werden, stu¨tzende Aufsatz stellt einen Rahmen fu¨r Untersuchungen und ausgewa¨hltes Beweismaterial zu Schlu¨sselfaktoren auf, die Standorts-und Mobilita¨tsstrategien einer priviligierten und wachsenden Gruppe der Bevo¨lkerung beeinflussen. Es wird die Art und Weise umrissen, in der solche Faktoren beim Entscheidungentreffen gegeneinander ausgespielt und dem Haushalt zuliebe individuelle Opfer gebracht werden. Es stellte sich heraus, dass Haushalte mit zweierlei Karrieren am ha¨ufigsten in Reichweite gelegene, halb-la¨ndliche Gebiete als Wohngegenden bevorzugten, und viele Ehepaare bereit sind, lange Anfahrtswege - meist im Auto - auf sich zu nehmen, um in solchen Gegenden zu wohnen. Ein weiterer Vorteil eines von einer Autobahnabfahrt erreichbaren Standorts besteht darin, dass das Pendelpotential fu¨r beide Partner maximalisiert, doch die Notwendigkeit einer Wohnsitzverlegung minimalisiert wird.

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  • A. E. Green, 1997. "A Question of Compromise? Case Study Evidence on the Location and Mobility Strategies of Dual Career Households," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(7), pages 641-657.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:31:y:1997:i:7:p:641-657
    DOI: 10.1080/00343409750130731

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