Travel Connections

Tourism, Technology and Togetherness in a Mobile World

Author: Jennie Germann Molz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136337032

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 4074

Living in a world that is increasingly ‘on the move’ means that many of us now rely on mobile devices, social media, and networking technologies to coordinate togetherness with our social networks even when we are apart. Nowhere is this phenomenon more evident than in the emerging practices of ‘interactive travel’. Today’s travellers are more likely than ever to pack a laptop or a mobile phone and to use these devices to stay in touch with friends and family members – as well as to connect with strangers and other travellers – while they are on the road. New practices such as location-aware navigating, travel blogging, flashpacking and Couchsurfing now shape the way travellers engage with each other, with their social networks, and with the world around them. Travel Connections prompts a rethinking of the key paradigms in tourism studies in the digital age. Interactive travel calls into question longstanding tourism concepts such as landscape, the tourist gaze, hospitality, authenticity and escape. The book proposes a range of new concepts to describe the way tourists inhabit the world and engage with their social networks in the twenty-first century: smart tourism, the mediated gaze, mobile conviviality, re-enchantment and embrace. Based on intensive fieldwork with interactive travellers, Travel Connections offers a detailed account of this emerging phenomenon and uncovers the new forms of mediated and face-to-face togetherness that become possible in a mobile world. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, tourism and hospitality, new media, cosmopolitanism studies, mobility studies and cultural studies.

Transnationale Lebenswelten: Europa als Kommunikationsraum

Author: Christian Schwarzenegger

Publisher: Herbert von Halem Verlag

ISBN: 386962227X

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

View: 8646

Das Europa der EU gilt oft als eines, das mit "dem wirklichen Leben der Menschen" nichts zu tun hat. Auch die Kommunikationswissenschaft betrachtet Europa meist in einer Perspektive von oben, während der kommunikative Alltag von Menschen kaum in den Fokus gerät. Welche Rolle aber spielen Identifikationsangebote wie Region oder Nation und wie verhalten sich diese zu "Europa", wenn Menschen in hochgradig mobilen und vernetzten Gesellschaften leben, an die Massenkommunikationsbestände der Welt Anschluss finden können, und permanent mit potenziell global ausgedehnten persönlichen Netzwerken verbunden sind? Welche Folgen hat es für die Ausbildung von kollektiver Zugehörigkeit und die Formierung von (transnationaler) Öffentlichkeit, wenn Grenzverläufe von Lebenswelten nicht mit politischen Verwaltungseinheiten oder primären Empfangs- bzw. Verbreitungsgebieten von Massenmedien kongruent sind? Der Autor diskutiert die Lebenswelt des Alltags im Kontext sozialer und kultureller Wandlungsprozesse wie Globalisierung, Transnationalisierung, Mobilisierung und Mediatisierung und identifiziert dabei Bausteine für eine Theorie des Kommunikationsraums. Diese ermöglichen es, alltägliche Lebenswelten und transnationale Vergemeinschaftungsprozesse unter Mediatisierungsbedingungen von unten analytisch zu fassen. Dazu werden Formen und Bedingungen von Kommunikation mit Raum als materiellem Substrat der Lebenswelt und anhand seiner strukturierenden Rolle für Kommunikationsprozesse verbunden. Das vorgeschlagene Verständnis von Kommunikationsraum ist nicht auf Europa begrenzt, sondern auf eine Vielzahl von Fragestellungen anwendbar, die von einer Verbindung zwischen Lebenswelt-, Öffentlichkeits- und Mediatisierungsforschung profitieren können, um medien- und soziokulturellen Wandel in einer nicht medienzentrierten Perspektive zu adressieren.

Mobilitätsbiografien hochmobiler Menschen

Author: Robert Schönduwe

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3658173998

Category: Social Science

Page: 424

View: 6408

Robert Schönduwe analysiert Kontexte und Alltagspraxis hochmobiler Menschen im zeitlichen Verlauf. Dafür wurden in einer retrospektiven Befragung 750 Personen zu einem Zeitraum von jeweils zehn Jahren befragt. Die Analyse bietet erstmals Einblick in die Dynamik distanzintensiver Lebensentwürfe. Dabei wird das Konzept der Mobilitätsbiografien genutzt, um Zusammenhänge zwischen Partnerschafts-, Wohn- und Arbeitsbiografie sowie dem Verkehrsverhalten aufzudecken. Die mobilitätsbiografische Analyse liefert nicht nur Einblick in individuelle Entscheidungen, sondern wirft ganz neue Fragen zur Gestaltung nachhaltiger Mobilitätslösungen auf.

Readings in the Sociology of Migration

The Commonwealth and International Library: Readings in Sociology

Author: Clifford J. Jansen

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483155129

Category: Social Science

Page: 412

View: 5094

Readings in the Sociology of Migration deals with migration as a sociological problem, with greater emphasis on internal migrations than on international migrations. Some of the problems covered by sociological inquiry in the study of migration are discussed, along with theories of migration such as the push-pull theory, differential migration, and motivation for migration. This book is comprised of 16 chapters and opens by outlining types of migration according to the professional and social composition of migrants: mass migration, economic migration from an underdeveloped country, economic emigration from an industrial country, and immigration into an industrial nation. A general typology of migration is then presented before the problem of migration in various countries such as Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the United States is considered. The final chapter presents preliminary findings from a demographic and socioeconomic sample survey of the population of the metropolitan area of San Salvador, El Salvador. This monograph will be a useful resource for sociologists and policymakers concerned with migration.

Consuming Places

Author: JOHN Urry

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134829671

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 5532

John Urry has been discussing and writing on these and similar questions for the past fifteen years. In Consuming Places, he gathers together his most significant contributions. Urry begins with an extensive review of the connections between society, time and space. The concept of 'society', the nature of 'locality', the significance of 'economic restructuring', and the concept of the 'rural', are examined in relationship to place. The book then considers how places have been transformed by the development of service occupations and industries. Concepts of the service class and post-industrialism are theoretically and empirically discussed. Attention is then devoted to the ways in which places are consumed. Particular attention is devoted to the visual character of such consumption and its implications for place and people. The implications for nature and the environment are also explored in depth. The changing nature of consumption, and the tensions between commodification and collective enthusiasms, are explored in the context of the changing ways in which the countryside is consumed.

New Society

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social sciences

Page: N.A

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The Tale of 10 Mysterious Book Sculptures Gifted to the City of Words and Ideas

Author: Anonymous

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857905740

Category: Art

Page: 96

View: 8704

One day in March 2011 staff at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh noticed a wonderful paper sculpture left on a table. Carved from paper and mounted on a book, it bore a tag expressing support for the Library's work. From then until November 2011 nine more mysterious paper sculptures appeared in arts venues throughout Edinburgh, including the National Library of Scotland, the Filmhouse cinema, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Left anonymously, they appear to be the work of one highly talented and generous artist. In a farewell note, the artist identified herself as a woman and an artist/artisan, and she announced that the project had ended. This new paperback edition includes the latest paper sculptures that were revealed during Book Week in November 2012

Guide to Environment and Development

Sources of Information on CD-ROM and the Internet

Author: Institute of Development Studies (Brighton, England)

Publisher: Incumbent


Category: Biodiversity

Page: 296

View: 6378

The information gap regarding quality & quantity of environmental data & information remains great between developed & developing countries & countries with economic transition. This Guide will assist users in locating worldwide information sources on environment & sustainable development that are available on CD-ROM & the Internet. The information presented is in two sections - subject & country. Three indexes are provided - subject headings, a narrower subject index & a title index. Entries appear only once in the book. Each entry gives the name of the source of information; mailing & e-mail addresses; telephone & fax numbers; & the type of information available. The CD-ROM information and/or Internet location are given. This Guide also offers guidelines on how to use the Internet.

Mobile Lives

Author: Anthony Elliott,John Urry

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134019211

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 2091

How should we understand the personal and social impacts of complex mobility systems? Can lifestyles based around intensive travel, transport and tourism be maintained in the 21st century? What possibility post-carbon lifestyles? In this provocative study of "life on the move", Anthony Elliott and John Urry explore how complex mobility systems are transforming everyday, ordinary lives. The authors develop their arguments through an analysis of various sectors of mobile lives: networks, new digital technologies, consumerism, the lifestyles of ‘globals’, and intimate relationships at-a-distance. Elliott and Urry introduce a range of new concepts – miniaturized mobilities, affect storage, network capital, meetingness, neighbourhood lives, portable personhood, ambient place, globals – to capture the specific ways in which mobility systems intersect with mobile lives. This book represents a novel approach in "post-carbon" social theory. It will be essential reading for advanced undergraduate students, postgraduates and teachers in sociology, social theory, politics, geography, international relations, cultural studies, and economics and business studies.

Data Base Directory

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Information storage and retrieval systems

Page: N.A

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Das geheime Leben der Bäume

Was sie fühlen, wie sie kommunizieren - die Entdeckung einer verborgenen Welt

Author: Peter Wohlleben

Publisher: Ludwig

ISBN: 3641114004

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 9611

Ein neuer Blick auf alte Freunde Erstaunliche Dinge geschehen im Wald: Bäume, die miteinander kommunizieren. Bäume, die ihren Nachwuchs, aber auch alte und kranke Nachbarn liebevoll umsorgen und pflegen. Bäume, die Empfindungen haben, Gefühle, ein Gedächtnis. Unglaublich? Aber wahr! – Der Förster Peter Wohlleben erzählt faszinierende Geschichten über die ungeahnten und höchst erstaunlichen Fähigkeiten der Bäume. Dazu zieht er die neuesten wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse ebenso heran wie seine eigenen unmittelbaren Erfahrungen mit dem Wald und schafft so eine aufregend neue Begegnung für die Leser: Wir schließen Bekanntschaft mit einem Lebewesen, das uns vertraut schien, uns aber hier erstmals in seiner ganzen Lebendigkeit vor Augen tritt. Und wir betreten eine völlig neue Welt ...