Agentive motility meets structural viscosity: Australian families relocating in educational markets

Doherty, Catherine A. (2015) Agentive motility meets structural viscosity: Australian families relocating in educational markets. Mobilities, 10(2), pp. 249-267.

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Abstract

This paper will develop and illustrate a concept of institutional viscosity to balance the more agentive concept of motility with a theoretical account of structural conditions. The argument articulates with two bodies of work: Archer’s (2007, 2012) broad social theory of reflexivity as negotiating agency and social structures; and Urry’s (2007) sociology of mobility and mobility systems. It then illustrates the concept of viscosity as a variable (low to high viscosity) through two empirical studies conducted in the sociology of education that help demonstrate how degrees of viscosity interact with degrees of motility, and how this interaction can impact on motility over time. The first study explored how Australian Defence Force families cope with their children’s disrupted education given frequent forced relocations. The other study explored how middle class professionals relate to career and educational opportunities in rural and remote Queensland. These two life conditions have produced very different institutional practices to make relocations thinkable and doable, by variously constraining or enabling mobility. In turn, the degrees of viscosity mobile individuals meet with over time can erode or elevate their motility.

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ID Code: 67704
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mobility, motility, viscosity, family, school markets
DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2013.853951
ISSN: 1745-0101
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in the Mobilities copyright Taylor & Francis; Mobilities is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17450101.2013.853951
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2014 22:40
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2016 19:38

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