Learning to Stay? Mobile Modernity and the Sociology of Choice. (14537)
Linking physical and social mobilities to a modernity typified by increased foci on individualization, consumption, workplace flexibilization, and the need for further (and further) education, this paper argues the need for mobility scholars to pay greater attention to the role played by educational institutions in family formation and the decisions associated with where to locate oneself in relation to these institutions. The research project under consideration took place in a remote Australian resource boomtown, an epicentre of global capital concentration and a concomitant mobile modernity. It focuses on educational decision making that absorbs increasing amounts of energy among middle class families in various parts of the globe, exploring the sociological implications of this and the links with physical and social mobilities.