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Digital nomads and (im)mobile identities

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Abstract


  • This chapter summarizes the latest scholarship on ‘digital nomads’ and compartmentalize it within similar ontological movements in the social science studies of mobilities and immobilities. It discusses the ideal of nomadism and its role in the dissolution of the office. The chapter presents the major claims and developments of key contributions of digital nomad studies and highlight scholarship. In reality, digital nomads are emerging in a more nuanced way, particularly in countries that are tourist destinations with warm weather and leisure assets nearby such as beaches or nature reserves, blending mobility and immobility. After the philosopher Georg Hegel, it has long been fashionable in social science scholarship to tip trends on their heads through a dialectic. Digital nomads are perpetual travellers taking advantage of the flexibility digital technologies offer for being physically remote from colleagues or managers. A feature of digital nomads is also a decoupling from fixed home spaces and even citizenship.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T. (2019). Digital nomads and (im)mobile identities. In Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies: 2nd Edition (pp. 274-282). doi:10.4324/9781315626024-16

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138649064

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85085806529

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies: 2nd Edition

Start Page


  • 274

End Page


  • 282

Abstract


  • This chapter summarizes the latest scholarship on ‘digital nomads’ and compartmentalize it within similar ontological movements in the social science studies of mobilities and immobilities. It discusses the ideal of nomadism and its role in the dissolution of the office. The chapter presents the major claims and developments of key contributions of digital nomad studies and highlight scholarship. In reality, digital nomads are emerging in a more nuanced way, particularly in countries that are tourist destinations with warm weather and leisure assets nearby such as beaches or nature reserves, blending mobility and immobility. After the philosopher Georg Hegel, it has long been fashionable in social science scholarship to tip trends on their heads through a dialectic. Digital nomads are perpetual travellers taking advantage of the flexibility digital technologies offer for being physically remote from colleagues or managers. A feature of digital nomads is also a decoupling from fixed home spaces and even citizenship.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T. (2019). Digital nomads and (im)mobile identities. In Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies: 2nd Edition (pp. 274-282). doi:10.4324/9781315626024-16

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138649064

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85085806529

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies: 2nd Edition

Start Page


  • 274

End Page


  • 282