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Digital Nomads: The New Age of Migrants

Abstract

In this age of technology there is a rise in virtual mobility which allows people to connect with one another and their homeland, regardless of their physical location. Since the late 20th century, digital nomads have represented a new classification of migrants who lead a “location-independent” life by moving from place to place, using new media and technology to sustain their livelihoods. My presentation focuses on how new identities are created by digital nomads and what assumptions they represent both in and out of their communities in comparison to existing migrant identities. Digital nomads show a high level of privilege and ability to exercise freedoms that are not as accessible to other categories of migrants. Drawing on anthropological theories of migration, belonging and representation, I propose that digital nomads represent a counterculture based in the mainstream culture they claim to leave behind.

Faculty Sponsor

Rachel George

Tracks

Identity, Ethics and Memory

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Reid G02

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Oral Presentation

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Digital Nomads: The New Age of Migrants

Reid G02

In this age of technology there is a rise in virtual mobility which allows people to connect with one another and their homeland, regardless of their physical location. Since the late 20th century, digital nomads have represented a new classification of migrants who lead a “location-independent” life by moving from place to place, using new media and technology to sustain their livelihoods. My presentation focuses on how new identities are created by digital nomads and what assumptions they represent both in and out of their communities in comparison to existing migrant identities. Digital nomads show a high level of privilege and ability to exercise freedoms that are not as accessible to other categories of migrants. Drawing on anthropological theories of migration, belonging and representation, I propose that digital nomads represent a counterculture based in the mainstream culture they claim to leave behind.

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