14. Networks and Mobility

the Policy Context

  1. Sako Musterd3 and
  2. Zoltán Kovács4
  1. Olga Gritsai1,
  2. Michel Grossetti2 and
  3. Denis Eckert2

Published Online: 5 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118554579.ch14

Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities

Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities

How to Cite

Gritsai, O., Grossetti, M. and Eckert, D. (2013) Networks and Mobility, in Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities (eds S. Musterd and Z. Kovács), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118554579.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  2. 4

    Institute of Geography, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Interdisciplinary Laboratory ‘Solidarity, Society, Territories’, CNRS, University of Toulouse, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 28 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470675038

Online ISBN: 9781118554579

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Keywords:

  • residential mobility;
  • ‘creative class’;
  • personal trajectories;
  • cultural and institutional constraints

Summary

Networks of family, friends, students and acquaintances are among the most important factors taken into account by individuals and households in deciding where to settle. These networks appear to be stronger and more influential in Europe than in North America. This may be related to greater cultural differences within the European realm, where language, in particular, plays a major role. This chapter elaborates on the not-so-mobile nature of the European ‘creative class’ and critically addresses the importance of personal networks in the location decision process. This finding has major implications for local creative city policies and place-making.