Multilocality: an emerging concept between mobility and migration

Author/s Robert Nadler
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/94 Language Italian
Pages 15 P. 119-133 File size 395 KB
DOI 10.3280/SUR2011-094009
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Social and spatial mobility studies have developed towards own specializations of sociological, geographic and economic research. On the other hand, studying migration processes has become a distinct field of scientific research. However, both research fields have developed in a context of modern industrial societies. It might be doubted that the two fields of research could still adequately represent the everyday situation of postmodern individuals and social groups, who have to socio-spatially organize their lives in the context of highly flexible demands. Recently the German Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung (The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning) published a special issue of its in-house journal Informationen zur Raumentwicklung (Information on Spatial Development) which dealt exclusively with the notion of multilocality. The term seems to become more and more important in socio-spatial research. For understanding post-modern everyday life, the development of a research agenda on multilocality seems to be an urgent task. In this paper, the author intends to summarize the state-of-the-art of the debate between German, Swiss and Austrian researchers about the conceptualization of multilocality. By sketching out its differences to the widely used concepts of mobility and migration, these authors try to develop a new epistemological model. In order to illustrate the theoretical considerations, some recent scientific papers will be presented. Finally, the importance of the further scientific development of the multilocality concept is emphasized.

Keywords: Multilocality, social mobility, spatial mobility, migration, horizontal mobility, vertical mobility

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Robert Nadler, Multilocalità: un concetto emergente fra mobilità e migrazione in "SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE" 94/2011, pp 119-133, DOI: 10.3280/SUR2011-094009