Dual career couples, gender and migration

Irene Hardill, Dan Wheatley

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A growing number of households in advanced captalist countries like Germany and the UK are striving to achieve upward social mobility through the pursuit of a career. In some of these households both partners are trying to build careers. These 'dual career' households are defined as those in which both partners (that is, two heterosexual adults living as a couple in a two person or larger household) are in managerial and administrative, professional and associated professional and technical occupations; the types of occupation which tend to place particular demands on the individual and emphasise commitment. In this chapter we focus on the location and mobility decisions of heterosexual dual career households, highlighting in particular the ways in which social mobility (career advancement) and spatial mobility (geographic migration) intertwine for them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWohnen und Gender: theoretische, politische, soziale und räumliche Aspekte
EditorsDarja Reuschke, Beate Kortendiek, Ruth Becker, Anja Szypulski, Shih-cheng Lien
PublisherVS Verlag fur Sozialwissenschaften
Number of pages304
ISBN (Print)978-3531159102
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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