9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN30 Youth and Generation

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Mobility and Urban Space Building II, B2.02

Job mobility, residential mobility and daily mobility among young: Is commuting a temporary adjustment? A case study in the metropolitan area of Madrid

This communication is intended to analyze, from the testimony from an experience of ongoing research, the phenomenon of commuting as a vital strategy adjustment, temporary or permanent, within a series of transitions experienced by young, in a socio-historical moment named "post", allegedly marked by instability, liquidity, fluidity, uncertainty. It provides a comparison between the Spanish case (specifically, Madrid), characterized by work for the event and in regard to the residential by delay in the emancipation and an ideal of home ownership, and other situations in Europe. Methodologically, it gives a voice to young people to offer their viewpoints on these issues that shape their life (and life-story) past, present and future. The quotidian pendulum movement is revised, finally, in the own terms of young commuters, along its biographical line, looking for patterns of intensity (sacrifice) and adjustment (conciliation), or ideals (and realities) of periodization of the process.