Reshaping patterns of mobility and exclusion? Measuring the impact of virtual mobility on the nature and extent of participation amongst key social groups: a methodology

Kenyon, Susan (2004) Reshaping patterns of mobility and exclusion? Measuring the impact of virtual mobility on the nature and extent of participation amongst key social groups: a methodology. In: Alternative Mobility Futures, 9-11 January 2004, Lancaster. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Online activity promises to reshape patterns of mobility and exclusion, by reshaping space and time. ‘Virtual mobility’, via the Internet, could be used to overcome space/time constraints, not only replacing existing travel, but also providing an additional means of access to activities from which people may previously have been excluded. On the other hand, online activity may increase the spatial and temporal diversity of offline activities, increasing space/time barriers to access and further excluding those unable to overcome these barriers. Discussion of the positive and negative mobility and exclusion impacts of online activity is hampered by lack of data in this area – a data gap which can, in part, be attributed to methodological difficulties. This paper presents an innovative methodology, designed as part of a study which aims to address the data gap. The methodology discussed is for a longitudinal diary study, designed to examine the social and transport effects of Internet use over time. The diary combines activity, communications, time use and travel diary formats. The diary is to be completed by approximately 100 participants, for seven days, four times in a twelve-month period. This paper discusses the diary design, in full, including design of activity categories and strategies for reducing attrition. The paper concludes with a discussion of reliability and fit for purpose.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Activity diary; travel diary; accessibility diary; longitudinal panel study; Internet; mobility; social exclusion; virtual mobility
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 10:07
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 08:36
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/6617 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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