Re-reading time geography from a gender perspective : examples from gendered mobility

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Re-reading time geography from a gender perspective : examples from gendered mobility
Author(s) Lindkvist Scholten, Christina ; Friberg, Tora ; Sandén, Annika
Date 2012
English abstract
This paper is based on qualitative research on commuting and women's everyday lives. In the project ‘Re-reading time-geography from a feminist perspective’, labour force mobility is an important way of analysing women's time-space use and identifying the constraints experienced when organising everyday life. We claim that time-geography provides a useful set of analytical tools that successfully collaborate with social science theory such as gender studies. Time-geography has been questioned by feminists as well as others. However, we argue that time-geography could provide gender studies with a close, empathic and micro-levelled interventional approach that makes obstacles and constraints due to spatio-temporal conditions visible and thereby changeable. In this paper we use results from previous research to prove that time-geography is an approach with several sets of useful concepts that describe and analyse women's everyday struggles and possibilities in an era in which mobility and transport have become undisputed factors of everyday life. In order to do this, time-geography needs to be read from a gendered standpoint. Although we are still in the formative stages of this re-reading of original texts and the formation of additional sets of concepts, the indications are that this work is worth pursuing and expanding.
Swedish abstract
I artikeln diskuteras tidsgeografi som en möjlig ansats till analyser av vardaglivets komplexitet inte minst i förhållande till krav på ökad geografisk mobilitet som det moderna arbetslivet ställer. Genom tidsgeografiska studier går det att identifiera hinder och möjligheter som skapar strukturella villkor kvinnor har att förhålla sig till. Vi menar att tidsgegorafin kan bidra substantiellt till genusvetenskapliga analyser av tidrumsliga villkor. Det kräver emellertid att tidsgegorafin också medvetet utvecklar förhållningssätt till feministisk teori.
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Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Host/Issue Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie;5
Volume 103
ISSN 0040-747X
Pages 584-600
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Time-geography
every day life
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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