Gendered Space-Time Constraints, Activity Participation and Household Structure: A Case Study Using A GPS-Based Activity Survey in Suburban Beijing, China

Na Ta, Mei Po Kwan, Yanwei Chai, Zhilin Liu

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Abstract

Space-time constraints imposed by employment and household responsibilities may lead to greater gender differences in individuals’ participation in daily activities. However, few studies have directly examined the impact of household structure on the gender differences in space-time constraints associated with various daily activities due to the lack of accurate space-time data. Using a 7-day GPS-based activity-travel diary dataset collected in Beijing, this paper investigates how household structure influences men's and women's space-time constraints and reduces the related gender differences in daily activity participation. The results suggest that gender and household structure matters. Getting help from retired parents reduces the level of fixity household heads perceive and decreases gender differences in space-time constraints. However, the degree of the impact differs among activities and retired parents’ age, and fixity level depends on the individual and household background of the person initiating the activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-521
Number of pages17
JournalTijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
Volume107
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • Beijing
  • GPS data
  • activity patterns
  • gender
  • household structure
  • space-time constraint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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