Extreme Mobilities: Challenging the Concept of ‘Travel’

Päivi’s new journal article “Extreme mobilities: Challenging the concept of ‘travel’” will be published in Annals of Tourism Research in March 2016 (volume 57, pages 220–233). The article explores extreme mobilities by analysing how ‘global nomads’ create their lifestyles testing the limits of modern-day mobilities and freedom of movement.

The study is based on in-depth interviews, instant ethnography and virtual ethnography with 30 global nomads, analysed with Foucauldian discourse analysis. The study is based on the same research material as the book Global Nomads and Extreme Mobilities (Ashgate/Routledge, 2016), but it is examined through two different discourses—the discourse of home and hearth and the discourse of homelessness—that reveal contradictions in society and in global nomads’ lifestyles.

The research findings show that while societies tend to be suspicious about sustained mobilities promoting home-bound travel, global nomads are not able to detach themselves from home either. They are opportunists taking advantage of societies’ dominant discourses and practices.

You can read the whole article from this link and save it for yourself free of charge until April 1, 2016: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1SXJD_3fvx1aIt. Please note that the article is copyrighted and may not be distributed. It is for personal scholarly use only.

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Keywords: Extreme mobilities, Location-independence, Foucault, Discourse analysis, Power.

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