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01 October 2021
Changing dimensions of lifestyle mobilities in turbulent times: impacts of Corona outbreaks and multiple crises.
We view lifestyle mobilities as covering a spectrum of domestic and international voluntary, transient, temporary and more or less permanent relocations. This includes (residential) tourism, seasonal migration, circulation, labour migration, retirement migration, lifestyle migration, second home mobilities and multi-local living (e.g. Bell & Ward 2000; King et al. 2000; Hall & Williams 2002; O’Reilly 2003, 2017; Hall 2005; McIntyre et al. 2006; Benson & O’Reilly 2009, 2016; Casado Díaz 2011; Halfacree 2012; Benson & Osbaldiston 2014; Cohen et al. 2015; Müller 2020; Salazar 2020).
We invite contributions to a special issue examining changing dimensions of lifestyle mobilities in connection with challenges and changes unfolding during the current Corona crisis. This call relates lifestyle mobilities’ constraints and opportunities due to the Corona crisis with other contemporary crises of climate change, financial bubbles and political tensions (“America First”, the Arab Spring, Brexit, or similar). What are the implications of COVID-19 and the multiple disruptions for previously uncomplicated lifestyle mobilities, for the sending and the receiving communities, and for various fields of study?
Papers can draw on qualitative, quantitative and mixed method inquiries, and be based in geography, anthropology, sociology, political sciences or interdisciplinary collaboration between these disciplines. The geography/landscape/place dimensions of the proposed contributions need to be emphasised where possible (e.g. Torkington 2012). We aim to collect papers focusing on 1) changes to the spatial, temporal and socio-economic dimensions of lifestyle mobilities as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and other relevant crisis events, and 2) the implications for the socio-economic future of origin and destination areas, be they small village settlements, larger urban areas or other parts of the rural-urban continuum. Potential contributions may provide (but are not limited to) retrospects and prospects regarding the following topics:
Spatial dimensions, contested spatialities and uneven geographies (e.g. Janoschka & Haas 2014)
• Changing and challenged “unique and embodied relationships with the landscape”, possibly in different places simultaneously (Benson & O’Reilly 2009:612), as people have to reconsider their tourism, leisure and daily living practices as a result of the Corona crisis.
• Global inequalities, geographic arbitrage, retrenching welfare states, and colonial traces (Benson & O’Reilly 2018, Hayes 2020) amplified through disrupted mobility patterns and the restructuring of related industries and economies.
• Geopolitical settings, regulations, legislation and constraining welfare systems in sending areas (Müller 2020), for example in relation to how changes during the crisis (e.g. travel restrictions, border controls, income support schemes) affect patterns and experiences of mobility.
• The changing meaning of place and space in tourists’ and migrants’ motivations for initial moves and subsequent steps in their ongoing quest for a better life (e.g. Torkington & Ribeiro 2019), particularly as the spatial reach and the frequencies of movements may become more restricted.
• Gentrification in urban and rural areas, or places with a mix of urban and rural characteristics, that may emerge as a result of changing preferences for place-based amenities, financial considerations, social networks and safety/health concerns.
• Linking and sequencing seasonal, circular, homeward, onward, back-and-forth migration, or other ‘temporary’ and more ‘permanent’ mobilities, previously often studied separately, to understand how crisis events affect the duration and frequencies of mobilities.
• Economic conditions (like currency potentials), constraints and possibilities for (cheap) housing and transportation, and their impacts on length and frequency of visits (Müller 2020).
• Digital technologies and their role in replacing, reducing or reconfiguring the duration and frequencies of physical movements during and after the crisis.
Socio-economic dimensions for tourists, movers, migrants, sending and receiving areas
• Impacts of the crisis on lifestyle entrepreneurship (e.g. in tourism), sustainable labour migration, and other people and areas, e.g. through the tourism-migration nexus (Hall & Williams 2002).
• The roles and meanings of place and landscapes in various ‘cultures of the slow’ (Osbaldiston 2013), such as downshifting, voluntary simplicity seeking and transitioning regarding decreased consumption and increased climate change awareness, and how these may be affected or renego-tiated with economic and other constraints during the crisis.
• Transnational social fields and inequalities (Weiß 2005) for tourists, migrants, their friends and families, as well as their sending and ‘host’ communities.
Theoretical and methodological dimensions
• How can relational approaches, situated knowledges and/or methodological reflexivity (e.g. Rose 1997) provide ways forward?
• To what extent are lifestyle mobilities relevant for studying individual and group practices of community (Olsson & O’Reilly 2017), particularly as these practices are undergoing change and disruption during crisis events?
• How can longitudinal study methodologies help in situating and contextualising crisis events in lifestyle mobility research?
We encourage exploring the links with sustainability and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and directly or indirectly linking the papers with specific SDG’s and their sub-goals.
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