Can Residential Choice Lead to a Traditionalization of Partnerships?
Based on her PhD thesis, Anna Stenpaß analyses data from a mixed methods study to examine the division of household labour in connection with commuting. The project “Traditional Division of Work due to Decisions about Residential Location?” examines the influence of commuting on couples and families. It is designed as a mixed methods survey, conducted in cooperation with the University of Oldenburg (Prof. Dr. Michael Feldhaus & Dr. Monika Schlegel). The project is also a satellite project connected to the German Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics (pairfam). During pairfam’s eighth wave (2015/16) commuting participants were asked to participate in additional in-depth interviews. Out of 600 possible respondents, about 280 agreed to the interviews.
Nearly 60 qualitative structured interviews were conducted all over Germany. In total, 22 couples (anchor and partner, the two interviews were conducted separately) and 17 anchor persons were interviewed. One focus of the research team from the University of Hamburg is on the question of how commuters and their partners integrate commuting into their daily routine. What consequences does commuting to work have on the arrangement of everyday life?