Mobility, travel and work: ‘I’d like to live overseas again’

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    The post-school pathways of the women in this study were fluid and non-linear. The lives of many interviewees of Generations 2 and 3 featured geographic mobility. Stories of mobility were diverse. In particular, relational, gendered, spatial and temporal influences were part of the journeys of the interviewees. Women moved along pathways from home and back again and in some instances, multiple times. Aspirations for travel, it was suggested by one interviewee, stemmed from volunteering experienced at Catholic schools. Family histories of travel influenced an ambition to travel. Mobility occurred for a range of purposes ranging from exploration of other countries, for purposes of work to fulfilling spiritual endeavours. These global experiences provided valuable employment opportunities and financial security, and were perceived as desirable; at times, becoming part of the lifestyle of interviewees.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEducation, Work and Catholic Life
    Subtitle of host publicationStories of Three Generations of Australian Mothers and Daughters
    EditorsAnne Keary
    Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811389894
    ISBN (Print)9789811389887
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


    • geographic mobility
    • missionary work
    • travel
    • gap year
    • work
    • Multi-methodological Approach to Research
    • Catholic Schooling in Australia
    • Australian Women's Study and Work Transitions
    • Australian Female Youth Transitions
    • Women's Life Trajectories in Australia
    • Generation and Change
    • Inter-generational Relationships
    • Australian Mother-daughter Relationship
    • Qualitative Longitudinal Research

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