Europe is shaped by various kinds of mobility projects that tend to undermine distinctions between tourism and migration. We would like to invite papers that look at the interaction of tourists, locals and migrants and at the intermingling of tourist and migrant practices in a transnational context.
Globalization processes have brought about an enormous increase in the mobility of people and according to various social scientists the quality of mobility has also changed. New and flexible forms of mobility tend to undermine the distinction between tourism and migration. The conditions of mobility, however, differ considerably. While mobility is a matter of choice for some, it is an imperative for others. Europe is shaped by various kinds of mobility projects that overlap and intermingle. Political and scientific categories that regulate and define mobility have become blurred: labour migrants manage to cross borders with tourist visas, locals may have spent a great part of their life abroad and tourists turn into migrants. Different authors now speak of circulation (Chapman and Prothero, 1985) or temporary movement (Williams and Hall, 2002); there are also attempts to distinguish temporary mobility from both tourism and permanent migration (Bell and Ward, 2000). But the domains which are traditionally dealing with mobility - migration studies on the one hand and tourism studies on the other hand - in most instances still presume sedentariness as the norm and mobility as the exception by focussing only on the encounter of immobile locals and mobile foreigners. Current analyses of human mobility seem to demand new conceptualisations and methodologies. We would like to invite papers that look at the interaction of tourists, locals and migrants and at the intermingling of tourist and migrant practices in a transnational context.
Culture, tourism and social topology: Moebius and intercultural processes among European residents in the Costa Blanca (Alicante-Spain)