Mobility and the Middle Kingdom

K. Cohen Tan

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    This article looks at the difference between global digital nomadism as a disruptive form of mobile sociality within the space of flows and Chinese lifestyle migration as a sedentarist form of lifestyle mobility. Mobile sociality is understood as the ability to remain connected with home despite being on the move while lifestyle mobility is understood as the need to make and unmake homes while on the move. The use of mobilities paradigm as a theoretical lens demonstrates the fundamental difference between the two lies in their orientation towards territority as a homing desire. The article concludes that Chinese lifestyle mobility has yet to achieve the mobile sociality of global digital nomads, despite both being equally imbricated within the state of constant connectivity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPalgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - 2022

    Publication series

    NamePalgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies
    ISSN (Print)2662-7922
    ISSN (Electronic)2662-7930


    • China
    • Constant connectivity
    • Digital nomad
    • Lifestyle mobility
    • Mobile sociality

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Development
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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