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The following article explores meanings and implications of mobile technologies and embodiment in a globally networked context. Drawing on ethnographic research on global travelers moving through Nepal and India, we focus on the role mobile technologies play in mediating perceptions and performances of place. Facilitated by contemporary media and m...
Modernity seems to signal the final triumph of theoretical consciousness, yet we humans remain inexorably mimetic and mythic creatures. Bellah (2006: 11) Travel destinations, be they ancient pilgrimage or tourist centres, do not present themselves; rather, they are always represented. This chapter explores how representations of the Himalayas have...
Mobile Lifeworlds illustrates how the imaginaries and ideals of Western travellers, especially those of untouched nature and spiritual enlightenment, are consistent with media representations of the Himalayan region, romanticism and modernity at large. Blending tourism and pilgrimage, travel across Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and Northern India is often...
Based on a mobile ethnography of tourism and pilgrimage in the Himalayan region, this article interprets performances and imaginaries of Western travellers as a meta-commentary on late modern life. Being typically critical of consumer culture, Himalayan travellers often demonstrated positive yet naive appraisal and nostalgia for places and people p...
This article traces the neoliberal trajectories of two Pacific Rim countries, Chile and New Zealand. In Chile, neoliberal policies were introduced in 1974 under a totalitarian military regime. By contrast, in New Zealand these were implemented by a democratically elected Labour Government in 1984. Although in both cases the radical implementation o...
This is a review of a special issue of Phenomenology and Practice on the subject, "Being Online". While it covers some key issues in the phenomenology of (online) experience, it specifically engages with questions of online learning and teaching, especially those to do with embodiment and the notion of 'care'.
This paper explores foreign travel as an affective experience, embodied practice and form of learning. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork on tourism and pilgrimage in the Himalayan region, the phenomenological notions of “home world” and “alien world” are employed to discuss how perceptions of strangeness and everyday practices are shaped by encultu...
Global humanity in the new millennium is faced with growing knowledge of the material consequences of anthropocentric forms of life. The accumulated and envisioned effects of anthropogenic activity threaten not only the sustainability and flourishing of fragile ecosystems and biodiversity, but that of humankind itself. The proposal of a new planeta...
Travel always takes place within a horizon of possibilities. This paper addresses the question of why certain people travel to a certain part of the world, while also addressing the more fundamental question of why people travel at all. Based on a mobile, multi-sited ethnography conducted in 2011 in Nepal and north-eastern India researching western...
Mobile Lifeworlds illustrates how the imaginaries and ideals of Western travellers, especially those of untouched nature and spiritual enlightenment, are consistent with media representations of the Himalayan region, romanticism and modernity at large. Blending tourism and pilgrimage, travel across Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and Northern India is often inspired and oriented by a search for authenticity, adventure and Otherness. Such valued ideals are shown, however, to be contested by the very forces and configurations that enable global mobility. The role ubiquitous media and mobile technologies now play in framing travel experiences are explored, revealing a situation in which actors are neither here nor there, but increasingly are ‘inter-placed’ across planetary landscapes. Beyond institutionalised religious contexts and the visiting of sacred sites, the author shows how a secular religiosity manifests in practical, bodily encounters with foreign environments. This book is unique in that it draws on a dynamic and innovative set of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, especially phenomenology, the mobilities paradigm and philosophical anthropology. The volume breaks fresh ground in pilgrimage, tourism and travel studies by unfolding the complex relationships between the virtual, imaginary and corporeal dynamics of contemporary mobile lifeworlds. Forthcoming August 2016, see: https://www.routledge.com/Mobile-Lifeworlds-An-Ethnography-of-Tourism-and-Pilgrimage-in-the-Himalayas/Howard/p/book/9781138656215