Contemporary Nomads: Emerging cultures of work, technology and place.
Name of Researcher: David Cook
Name of Supervisor: Hannah Knox
Research Synopsis:
Since the birth of the Internet there have been ongoing discourses about how digital technologies might impact and challenge traditional western concepts of home and work. This research focuses on an emerging category of people who are calling themselves: nomads, or digital nomads. It aims to consider why some choose to embrace location-independent lifestyles and what happens when they make the leap.

I am also interested in exploring what contemporary nomadism might tell us about culture and society more generally when considered through the anthropological lens. The research topics and questions are constantly evolving but are likely to include:

  1. Investigating the work practices of nomads
  2. Exploring concept of home for nomads
  3. Motivations for following a location independent lifestyle?
  4. Why is the category nomad and digital nomad, emerging now?
  5. What can digital nomads tell us about western concepts of the home and work?
  6. How new is this phenomenon anyway. What do modern forms of nomadism have in common with more established and historical forms of nomadism?
  7. To what extent is digital an enabling factor?

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