A Life Space Perspective to Approach Individual Demographic Processes

Éva Lelièvre, Nicolas Robette

Abstract


The concept of life space refers to the different locations with which individuals interact along their life course. In this article we present several methodological proposals to describe and measure various territories to which individuals relate over time, taking advantage of a rich data source, the Biographies et entourage survey. We produce relevant indicators which can be used in the study of different demographic processes and demonstrate how this perspective elegantly formalizes the linked dynamics of interactive non-independent trajectories in the case of the couples’ activity space.

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