CHOOSING RESIDENCE, COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBOURS -THEORIZING FAMILIES’ MOTIVES FOR MOVING

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This article takes its point of departure from an ongoing research project that examines the connection between everyday life and choice of residence. The first component of this empirical study is an investigation of reasons given by families for moving out of Copenhagen to a commune - Absalons Have in Trekroner – in a new suburban area close to the city of Roskilde (located approximately 25 km west of Copenhagen). The research examines the connection between this choice of residence and the everyday lives of the families, including why this form of residence - the commune - is attractive to them. What kinds of needs do the families have and how can the new residence fulfil these needs? This article examines these questions, first, by outlining a theoretical discussion of how to capture the connection between everyday life and residence. Here concepts such as “sense of place”, “the social construction and use of place”, “meaningful places”, and how place experiences play a central role are examined. Second, the article presents findings from an empirical study examining families’ choice of Trekroner and the commune Absalons Have.

Keywords: commune life; motives for moving; place identity; sense of place

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0467.2007.00239.x

Affiliations: Department of Geography University of Copenhagen Øster Voldgade 10 1350 København, Email: bm@geogr.ku.dk

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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