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Title

The limits to mobility: Precarious work experiences among young Eastern Europeans in Spain

AuthorsMarcu, Silvia
KeywordsMobility
Limit
Precarity
Work
Young people
Issue Date2019
PublisherSage Publications
CitationEnvironment and Planning - Part A 51: 913- 930 (2019)
AbstractThis article contributes to the existing literature on the geography of mobility by examining the precarious work experiences of young people in relation to the limits to their mobility. Using 60 in-depth interviews with young immigrants from Eastern Europe who practised mobility to and from Spain, the article highlights the concern of ‘limits to mobility’ to show how respondents try to end their precarious work and labour instability in order to reach a stable destination. What are the limits to mobility? When is the peak reached? I argue that the limits to mobility can be explained by the interplay between the political-economic structure and people’s spatiotemporal experiences. I have found three different types, depending on the life-course contexts in which young people live their limits to mobility: (1) mobility as tiredness – specific to those who have practised mobility to Spain and, after travelling, training and changing precarious jobs in several countries, try to move and settle in one place; (2) mobility as a labyrinth – situated between the fulfilment of objectives and the uncertainty of relocation; and (3) mobility as resistance to precarity through return – practised by people who migrated with their parents at an early age, who studied in Spain, but for professional reasons had to leave, and are currently either back in their countries of origin or in Spain. The limits to mobility have not as yet been researched in this way, and the findings may contribute to a refinement of the spatiotemporal framework of youth mobility.
Publisher version (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0308518X19829085
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/211264
Identifiersdoi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0308518X19829085
issn: 1472-3409
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