By Irene Hardill

This publication explores the gender concerns linked to foreign migration in twin occupation families. Adopting a feminist procedure, the writer hyperlinks examine in economics, sociology, administration and enterprise and human geography to discover post-industrial managerial careers. specific emphasis is put on the way social mobility and spatial mobility are entwined. the writer explores the positioning and mobility judgements of twin occupation families, reading their own and loved ones biographies in addition to released information. Of crucial curiosity to students of human geography, sociology and gender experiences, this e-book also will curiosity these operating in organizational, migration and concrete reports.

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For Bogue (1977), for example, ‘social psychological variables’ such as the choices, perceptions, feelings and beliefs of the individuals are pivotal in the decision to migrate. His study of migration to Chicago revealed that while economic factors were indeed instrumental, they were not the only ones; family contacts, 16 Social and spatial mobility in a global economy education benefits, dislike of previous place of residence and a desire to get away from the family all featured as reasons influencing the decision to move.

Households, careers and decision-making 29 He could come for two or three weeks between assignments in Africa and I could also come for long weekends. It wasn’t that bad in a sense’. After three years she got a lectureship in the same city as him, and they now have a daughter aged five years so separations impact on their daughter. Francine has periods when she is a single parent: ‘She [daughter] finds it difficult when he leaves. Last summer he was away for eight weeks [it] was difficult for her at the beginning when she had to get used to a situation when he wasn’t there and then after maybe ten days or two weeks she got used to this and it went along very well’.

For those households with sufficient economic resources some caring tasks can be off-loaded onto someone else, such as a relative or childminder (Wheelock et al. 2000). Even if this is the case, women partners still retain the time-consuming and stressful responsibility for arranging childcare, and childcare costs tend to be deducted from their wage (Momsen 1999). Thus for women more than men in dual career households with dependent children the labour market is lived locally (Hanson and Pratt 1995), both spatially (job search area) and temporally (hours per day available to devote to paid work).

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