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Elastic mobility: Negotiating the ’home’ and ’away’ continuum
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6689-0710
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study sets out provide an understanding of internationally mobile life-conducts from a perspective that takes into account social costs that come with being away from localized, everyday life. We show that mobile elites are oftentimes reluctant travellers. A way of coping with the existential dilemmas of being away is to stay connected with family and friends with technologies of communication, which are deployed by the mobile elite under the regime of what Tomlinson calls “technologies of the hearth”. Furthermore, few informants ascribe any value to travelling in itself. Cosmopolitanism can here be understood as a form capital rather than a way of immersing the self into the culture of the other. We arrive at the concept of elastic mobility, which highlights central push-and-pull processes within mobile life-conducts. The concept forwards a perspective on the social consequences of globalization that goes beyond contemporary “flow speak”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
Elastic mobility, media, elites, connectivity, cosmopolitanism, home, away
National Category
Humanities Social Sciences
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36102OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-36102DiVA: diva2:814695
Conference
Geomedia 2015: "Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds". An Interdisciplinary International Conference. 5-8 may, Karlstad Sweden
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-05-28 Created: 2015-05-28 Last updated: 2015-12-02Bibliographically approved

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