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The freedom trap: digital nomads and the use of disciplining practices to manage work/leisure boundaries

Cook, D; (2020) The freedom trap: digital nomads and the use of disciplining practices to manage work/leisure boundaries. Information Technology and Tourism 10.1007/s40558-020-00172-4. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The digital nomad idea of freedom is often a generalised and subjective notion of freedom that imagines a lifestyle and future where the tensions between work and leisure melt away. This paper fnds that in practice, digital nomadism is not always experienced as autonomous and free but is a way of living that requires high levels of discipline and self-discipline. The research suggests that digital nomads often overlook the role of disciplining practices when frst starting out, and do not foresee how working in sites of leisure and tourism might make managing a balance between work and non-work problematic. Longitudinal ethnographic feldwork examines the extent of these disciplining practices and reveals that they are utilised to keep work and leisure time separate.

Type: Article
Title: The freedom trap: digital nomads and the use of disciplining practices to manage work/leisure boundaries
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s40558-020-00172-4
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40558-020-00172-4
Language: English
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Keywords: Discipline · Time use · Work/leisure boundaries · Neoliberalism · Longitudinal research · Anthropology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10109302
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