Temporary youth mobility: motivations and benefits from a life-course perspective

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serval:BIB_0148A13EF711
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
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Title
Temporary youth mobility: motivations and benefits from a life-course perspective
Journal
Children's Geographies
Author(s)
Haldimann Lucas, Heers Marieke, Kleiner Brian, Rérat Patrick
ISSN
1473-3285
1473-3277
Publication state
Published
Issued date
01/10/2021
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Pages
1-15
Language
english
Abstract
Temporary mobility experiences, such as linguistic stays, volunteering, or backpacking have become popular among young adults. This article takes a life-course perspective to understand young adults’ motivations for becoming temporarily mobile, as well as the perceived benefits. We analyse data from an almost entire cohort of Swiss men (N = 40,503) and a representative sample of 2,000 young women. First, we provide a descriptive analysis of young adults’ motivations for and perceived benefits of temporary mobility. Second, we focus on the young men and establish a typology of motivations, revealing utilitarian, hedonistic, and opportunistic dimensions. Three groups of young adults with different motivations and perceived benefits are identified: the Professionals, the Curious, and the Pragmatic. Our results highlight that motivations relate to young adults’ life-course trajectories and vary mainly according to previously accumulated mobility capital. Many young adults with low mobility capital seek to accumulate it in order to gain professional advantage.
Keywords
Temporary mobility, youth, motivations, benefits, life-course, mobility capital
Funding(s)
Swiss National Science Foundation / 100017_165726
Swiss National Science Foundation
Create date
02/10/2021 21:48
Last modification date
03/10/2021 6:41
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