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CeMoRe Brown Bag Seminar with Gil Viry

Date: 8 March 2012 Time: 1.00-2.00 pm

Venue: Bowland North B135

Adaptation of individuals to spatial mobility practices and physical distance in their intimate and family relationships

Spatial mobility has often been considered detrimental to intimate and family ties for various reasons including: increasing stress; the addition of further unpredictability to daily life; increasing gender inequalities, and decreasing investment in family and friendship relationships due to time and space constraints. However, empirical studies have often focused on specific populations particularly exposed to spatial mobility (low-qualified migrants, high international career, long-distance commuters), so that no representative overview is available.

In this talk, I will first present some descriptive results on the interrelations between job-related spatial mobility practices and family life in three different countries: France, Germany and Switzerland, based on the European project "Job Mobilities and Family Lives in Europe". Using these and additional data from Switzerland, I will then show how spatial mobility practice and physical distance lead individuals to adapt their ways of building and maintaining their intimate and family ties. These adaptations transform social ties in their structure, composition and force. Two studies will be presented here on: (1) the quality of the conjugal tie of couples facing highly mobile living arrangements; (2) the impact of living far from one's place of origin on the quantity, quality and structure of emotional support ties within one's personal network of significant persons.

Gil is currently post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. He is currently working on the second wave of the European project "Job Mobilities and Family Lives in Europe" and on a quantitative study dealing with the spatiality and network structure of stepfamilies in Switzerland. His research at Lancaster University falls into two areas: (1) spatial mobility in a life course perspective; (2) changes in family networks in relation to spatial mobility trajectories.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Gil Viry

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Geography, Lancaster Environment Centre, Sociology

Keywords: Children, Families, Family, Mobilities


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