Being mobile in today's world is influenced by many aspects including transnational ties, increased ease of access to transport, growing accessibility to technology, knowledge and information and changing socio-cultural outlooks and values. These factors can all engender a (re)formation of our everyday life and moving - as and for lifestyle - has, in many ways, become both easier and much more complex. This book highlights the crossroads between concepts of lifestyle and the growing body of work on 'mobilities'. The study of lifestyle offers a lens through which to study the kinds of moorings, dwellings, repetitions and routines around which mobilities become socially, culturally and politically meaningful. Bringing together scholars from geography, sociology, tourism, history and beyond, the authors illustrate the breadth and richness of mobilities research through the concept of lifestyle. Organised into four sections, the book begins by dealing with aspects of bodily performance through lifestyle mobility. Section two then looks at how we can use mobile methods within social research, whilst section three explores issues surrounding ideas of mobility, immobility and belonging. Finally, section four draws together a number of chapters that focus on the complexities of identity within mobility. Often drawing on ethnographic research, contributors all share one common feature: they are at the forefront of research into lifestyle mobilities.
A Baker & Taylor Academic Essentials Title in Human Geography ’When I read this book I expected less and I got much more. Lifestyle Mobilities is an excellent, innovative collection of essays that pushes the boundaries of research on independent travel. The chapters are complex, imaginative and are certain to be cited in future work on mobilities.’ Kevin Hannam, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK ’With an itinerary that includes belly dancing, storm watching and rally driving, Lifestyle Mobilities takes readers on an exciting journey through the increasingly complex intersections of travel, leisure and migration. Bringing together critical insights, fascinating empirical cases and innovative methodologies, this book offers a timely reflection on what happens to belonging and identity when mobility becomes a way of life.’ Jennie Germann Molz, College of the Holy Cross, USA '... this book will be of exceptional value in the academic environment. Chapters and case studies from the book could be easily incorporated into syllabi of graduate courses ...The variety of chapters and topics offered, and the novelty of the lifestyle mobility lens, is sure to spur numerous discussions and follow-up works on the topic'. European Journal of Tourism Research 'Much of this book is conceptual and highly theoretical making it ideal for young researchers focusing on mobility ... this work challenges us to continue questioning our understanding of the tourist, the traveller and the migrant. ... this book would be most useful in postgraduate classes ...' Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change