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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.160

Digital Nomads and Trans-Nationalism Working Life – Beyond the Tourism/Business Travel Binary.


  • Dr. George MORGAN

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With the rise of digital technologies, the labour of many workers is no longer anchored to particular workplaces. In the late twentieth-century much was written about the potential of the internet to free workers from the quotidian rhythms of working life – from commuting and the nine-to-five routine – and instead to ‘telecommute’ with flexible-hours working arrangements. However, the rise of ‘location-independent’ work has corresponded with a decline in the standard, Fordist wage-relation. Many of those who work in the digital economy now sub-contract their skills as freelancers - particularly in the so-called ‘creative industries’ - rather than selling those skills for a wage. In recent history, there has been a rise in digital nomadism – those who work while travelling (under a variety of arrangements). Encouraged by digital platforms like AirBnB and the rise of co-working and co-living centres in low-rent cities in the developing world, this category cuts across a number of modernist binaries – work and play, travel and residence. This paper is based on pilot research into digital nomadism and co-living/co-working in Ho Chi Minh City. It critically analyses the effects of digital nomadism on low-rent developing world cities. It will consider the colonial/post-colonial dimensions of co-working through the use of various concepts: global gentrification, cosmopolitanism, trans-nationalism, global gentrification and the social factory.