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Mobility and territorial belonging
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
2009 (English)In: Environment and Behavior, ISSN 0013-9165, E-ISSN 1552-390X, Vol. 41, no 4, 490-508 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Much existing research assumes that there is an opposition between mobility and territorial belonging, so that mobile persons tend to have a weak sense of belonging whereas persons with a strong sense of belonging are less willing than others to move. Some studies, however, suggest that mobility may coexist with or even reinforce territorial belonging. This article uses Swedish survey data to introduce two important qualifications to this discussion. First, it shows that different kinds of mobility - daily commuting, long-distance travel, residential mobility, and international migration - are differently related to people's sense of belonging. Second, by examining local, regional, national, and European belonging, it shows that the relationship between mobility and belonging is to some extent a matter of territorial scale.

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2009. Vol. 41, no 4, 490-508 p.
Keyword [en]
Migration, Mobility, Place attachment, Territorial belonging, Travel
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108704DOI: 10.1177/0013916508314478ISI: 000267093900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-108704DiVA: diva2:240356
Available from: 2009-09-28 Created: 2009-09-28 Last updated: 2016-04-27Bibliographically approved

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