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Mobility, Accessibility and Social Equity: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Empirical Study in the Metropolitan Areas of Milan, Bologna and Turin

  • Matteo ColleoniEmail author
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Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 15)

Abstract

Although mobility is truly essential for access to urban assets and services and fundamental for social and urban integration, it tends to be unevenly distributed between individuals and social groups and does not always share the same quality relating to the resources used or the restrictions limiting their use. The inequalities relate both to the different social distribution of access resources and to the presence of restrictions which hinder their use. The objective of this study is to analyse the way in which the urban structure of residential areas influences the presence and availability of opportunities and how the location of residential areas and opportunities, combined with the residents’ mobility capital, influences their mobility styles and their accessibility to urban assets and services. The theoretical part of the study aims to explain the meaning of the concepts of mobility capital, mobility style and accessibility, while the empirical part aims to describe the relationship between residential location, mobility styles and access to opportunities. The study relates to a comparative Italian survey carried out in the metropolitan areas of Milan, Bologna and Turin in 2009–2010 by the Universities of Milan, Bologna and Turin.

Keywords

Urban structure Residential areas Accessibility Social distribution Mobility capital Mobility style Access to opportunities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of Milan BicoccaMilanItaly

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