A Relational Perspective on Everyday Mobility in the Barcelona Metropolitan Region: Individual and Household-Related Differences in Daily Travel Time

Xavier Delclòs-Alió, Carme Miralles-Guasch

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Abstract

© 2018 Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG The collective dimension of everyday life plays a key role on how daily mobility patterns are drawn, especially considering relationships at the household level. However, previous literature regarding spatiotemporal behaviour has, above all, focused on individual characteristics detached from their immediate social contexts. By adopting a relational perspective this paper aims to explore how the combination of individual and household-related variables can exert different mobilities in a Mediterranean metropolis such as Barcelona. Based on travel times and trip purposes reported in a traditional travel survey, both gender and social status are first confirmed as significant factors shaping daily mobility. Second, the relationships in the household emerge as relevant as individual characteristics when understanding one's everyday mobility patterns. In particular, the presence of children is regarded as a clear spatiotemporal constrictor, which is especially acute for women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-574
JournalTijdschrift Voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Volume109
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Barcelona metropolitan region
  • daily travel time
  • everyday mobility
  • household structure
  • relational mobility

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