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Residential mobility across the life course: continuity and change across three cohorts in Britain

Residential mobility across the life course: continuity and change across three cohorts in Britain
Residential mobility across the life course: continuity and change across three cohorts in Britain
Although a buoyant literature has emerged examining residential mobility across sections of the life course, a full life course perspective has remained lacking. This paper exploits an as yet under-used data source – the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing li A buoyant literature fetime residential histories – to achieve this. The lifetime residential mobility trajectories of older men and women in three birth cohorts born between 1918 and 1947 are compared, examining how these are associated with changes in cohort members’ socio-historical contexts, and life course events in the domains of employment, partnership and fertility. Results indicate that change in residential mobility between cohorts is gendered, with persistent continuity between male cohorts, and marked change between female cohorts. Such gender differentials are particularly notable during young adulthood, highlighting the significance of de-standardising pathways to adulthood and the changing role of women in society. Generalised mobility pathways from birth to age 60 for men and women are identified using sequence analysis, and the paper discusses how these may be associated with contextual changes and life course characteristics. In conclusion, the research reflects on the benefits of the life course perspective for understanding the complexities of residential mobility, and the importance of socio-historical context in understanding trends and patterns in this area.
1879-6974
111-123
Falkingham, Jane
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Sage, Joanna
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Stone, Juliet
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Vlachantoni, Athina
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Falkingham, Jane, Sage, Joanna, Stone, Juliet and Vlachantoni, Athina (2016) Residential mobility across the life course: continuity and change across three cohorts in Britain. Advances in Life Course Research, 30, 111-123. (doi:10.1016/j.alcr.2016.06.001).

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Although a buoyant literature has emerged examining residential mobility across sections of the life course, a full life course perspective has remained lacking. This paper exploits an as yet under-used data source – the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing li A buoyant literature fetime residential histories – to achieve this. The lifetime residential mobility trajectories of older men and women in three birth cohorts born between 1918 and 1947 are compared, examining how these are associated with changes in cohort members’ socio-historical contexts, and life course events in the domains of employment, partnership and fertility. Results indicate that change in residential mobility between cohorts is gendered, with persistent continuity between male cohorts, and marked change between female cohorts. Such gender differentials are particularly notable during young adulthood, highlighting the significance of de-standardising pathways to adulthood and the changing role of women in society. Generalised mobility pathways from birth to age 60 for men and women are identified using sequence analysis, and the paper discusses how these may be associated with contextual changes and life course characteristics. In conclusion, the research reflects on the benefits of the life course perspective for understanding the complexities of residential mobility, and the importance of socio-historical context in understanding trends and patterns in this area.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 June 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 June 2016
Published date: December 2016
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography, Social Sciences, Gerontology, Centre for Population Change, Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 397200
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397200
ISSN: 1879-6974
PURE UUID: 76f284de-662e-4c3f-8233-2f311672c255
ORCID for Jane Falkingham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7135-5875
ORCID for Athina Vlachantoni: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1539-3057

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Date deposited: 29 Jun 2016 15:20
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 01:59

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Author: Jane Falkingham ORCID iD
Author: Joanna Sage
Author: Juliet Stone

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