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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.136

Developing hitchhiking strategies in travelling as a way of life

Speakers

  • Laura MERCEDES OYHANTCABAL

Primary authors

Description

In contemporary western societies population movements have increased and become more frequent for various geopolitical, economic and social reasons. In between migrants and turists we can find people who choose traveling as a nomadic way of life. These travelers are uprooted from a fixed territory to move in a semi or unstructured way for an indefinite time, financing themselves while traveling and without another future projection than to continue traveling. This kind of nomadism refers to a life in "intermezzo", nomads reach a place knowing that it will be left. In this context hitchhiking is a very common and spread practice mostly in order to save some money and because of its socialization potential, to get to know new people and to create useful bonds. Even if this is a popular practice among travelers, it is becoming less and less accesible because of trusting and security issues. Many drivers refuse to take unkown people in their cars or trucks as they can be dangerous. As well some travellers do not feel safe when hitchhiking, mostly if they are alone and even more if they are women. In an etnographic approach many of these travelers have shared stories and anecdotes in which they had faced difficulties, inconveniences and anxieties, and had developed strategies in order to enhance the chances of finding a driver who take them in their car or truck. These narratives of different hitchhiking experiences can tell us some interesting facts about mobility, turism, gender and economical issues.