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Sharing fairly? Mobility, citizenship, and gender relations in two Swedish city-regions
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0213-0557
2015 (English)In: Journal of Urban Affairs, ISSN 0735-2166, E-ISSN 1467-9906Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the centrality of women’s mobility in relation to urban citizenship and how this is influenced by the underlying gender relations. A theoretical framework is developed concerning mobility, citizenship and the gender contract. Focusing on the Swedish situation the relationship between gender, domestic work and commuting is discussed.  Drawing on theories concerning mobility and the concept of gender contract and using the findings from a questionnaire survey, these issues are explored in two Swedish city-regions, Göteborg and Umeå. Focus is on whether, when both in a couple are in paid employment and commute, a more egalitarian gender contract develops where the unpaid domestic work is shared more equally. It concludes that, irrespective of commuting, there continues to be a more traditional gender contract where, despite being in paid employment, the woman continues to be responsible for the brunt of the unpaid domestic labour with the exception of tasks relating to childcare. Here responsibility is more equally shared between both parents, reflecting a strong norm in Swedish society where fathers are also expected to be actively involved with their children.  

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
Keyword [en]
City-regions, gender contract, mobility, citizenship
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Political Science
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statskunskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112583DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12259OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-112583DiVA: diva2:881431
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2015-12-10 Created: 2015-12-10 Last updated: 2016-06-08

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