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The elastic mobility of business elites: Negotiating the 'home' and 'away' continuum
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6309-2315
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Cultural Studies, ISSN 1367-5494, E-ISSN 1460-3551, Vol. 19, no 5, p. 435-449Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study sets out to provide an understanding of internationally mobile elites from a perspective that takes into account the social costs that come with being away from localized, everyday life. We show that mobile elites are often reluctant travellers and employ Bude and Dürrschmidt’s notion of ‘transclusion’ to understand the often-unrecognized ambivalence of mobile lifestyles. One way of coping with

the existential dilemma of being away is to stay connected with family and friends through technologies of communication, which are deployed by the mobile elite under the regime of what Tomlinson calls ‘technologies of the hearth’. We arrive at the concept of ‘elastic mobility’, which highlights central push-and-pull processes in mobile lifestyles. The concept forwards a perspective on the social consequences of globalization that goes beyond contemporary ‘flow speak’.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 19, no 5, p. 435-449
Keywords [en]
Business elites, connectivity, elastic mobility, mobile lifestyle, transnational
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42302DOI: 10.1177/1367549415609329ISI: 000383000300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-42302DiVA, id: diva2:930317
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Kinetic Élites: The Mediatization of Social Belonging and Close Relationships among Mobile Class Fractions
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Swedish Research Council, 2011-1855Available from: 2016-05-23 Created: 2016-05-23 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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