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Labour geographies of young Swedish workers: negotiating mobility and spatial fix in everyday life
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Tourism Studies and Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6176-3595
2013 (English)In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013, 2013Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Whereas in the past, many workers looked forward to a lifetime of loyal service to one single employer, new generations of workers face a labour market where secure jobs are becoming increasingly scarce and career paths less obvious (Roberts, 2009; MacDonald, 2011; Williams et al, 2012).  This paper discusses what strategies young workers of various backgrounds apply in order to navigate in the Swedish labour market and in order to make a living, through an account and analysis of young workers bio-geographies (Castree, 2007). It is suggested that because of repeated break-ups from work-places and at times even repeated migration, the (relative) spatial fixity of workers is delayed. Spatial fix has been, and still is, an important feature of peoples´ everyday life, influencing for instance the possibility of having a permanent home, to start a family, and to hold a sense of belonging, a sense of place (Tuan, 1996). In order to contribute to new knowledge regarding emerging and highly complex labour geographies, concepts such as translocal, translocal place (Adey, 2010) and socio-spatial labour mobility (Zampoukos & Ioannides, 2011) could be used to further analyse the intersections between space, work and worker agency in a changing labour market.

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2013.
Keywords [en]
young workers: labour mobility: spatial fix: translocal
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20597Local ID: ETOUROAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-20597DiVA, id: diva2:677642
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Worlds of work: international perspectives; RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013; 27-30 August 2013; London, UK.
Available from: 2013-12-10 Created: 2013-12-10 Last updated: 2013-12-18Bibliographically approved

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