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Following People Through Time: An Analysis of Individual Residential Mobility Biographies

Coulter, R; Van Ham, M; (2013) Following People Through Time: An Analysis of Individual Residential Mobility Biographies. Housing Studies , 28 (7) pp. 1037-1055. 10.1080/02673037.2013.783903. Green open access

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Abstract

The life course framework guides us towards investigating how dynamic life course careers affect residential mobility decision-making and behaviour throughout long periods of individual lifetimes. However, most longitudinal studies linking mobility decision-making to subsequent moving behaviour focus only on year-to-year transitions. This study moves beyond this snapshot approach by analysing the long-term sequencing of moving desires and mobility behaviour within individual lives. Using novel techniques to visualise the desire-mobility sequences of British Household Panel Survey respondents, the study demonstrates that revealing the meanings and significance of particular transitions in moving desires and mobility behaviour requires these transitions to be arranged into mobility biographies. The results highlight the oft-neglected importance of residential stability over the life course, uncovering groups of individuals persistently unable to act in accordance with their moving desires.

Type: Article
Title: Following People Through Time: An Analysis of Individual Residential Mobility Biographies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2013.783903
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2013.783903
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: residential mobility, moving desires, life course, biography, longitudinal analysis
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1558442
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