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Unravelling International Student Mobility: A New Mobilities Perspective on International Student Mobility

Merlo, Johan LU (2017) SMMM20 20171
Department of Service Management and Service Studies
Abstract
International students’ mobility has received increased appreciation for its role, and impact, in todays knowledge economy. This development has lead to an increase of tourism research aiming to understand student travel motives as such knowledge is paramount to the development of appropriate marketing strategies, services, and promotions. However, due to the increased complexity of mobility, recognized in contemporary times, there seem to be contradictions within their empirical data. Through the understanding of new mobilities, the concept of lifestyle mobility was introduced as a way to better comprehend contemporary mobility, however this approach appears not yet fully introduced within research on student mobility. By studying short... (More)
International students’ mobility has received increased appreciation for its role, and impact, in todays knowledge economy. This development has lead to an increase of tourism research aiming to understand student travel motives as such knowledge is paramount to the development of appropriate marketing strategies, services, and promotions. However, due to the increased complexity of mobility, recognized in contemporary times, there seem to be contradictions within their empirical data. Through the understanding of new mobilities, the concept of lifestyle mobility was introduced as a way to better comprehend contemporary mobility, however this approach appears not yet fully introduced within research on student mobility. By studying short term international students in Lund (Sweden) through the lens of lifestyle mobility, i.e. new mobilities, the purpose of this thesis is to bridge that gap. Supported by the concepts of student mobility, lifestyle mobility, and liquid identity a thematic analysis is done of the empirical data collected through semi-structured, ethnographically inspired, interviews. The findings show that partaking in international studies is considered to be a safe and convenient way for students to travel, as a mien to support and develop their identity and desired lifestyle, rather than the academics themselves. Additionally, the experience of studying abroad is permeated with travel, strengthening a the students sense of global identity and supporting a their mobile lifestyle, through lifestyle travel. (Less)
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Merlo, Johan LU
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SMMM20 20171
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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International student mobility, International study motives, New mobilities, Lifestyle mobilities, Lifestyle travel
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English
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8910828
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2017-06-09 16:11:25
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  abstract     = {International students’ mobility has received increased appreciation for its role, and impact, in todays knowledge economy. This development has lead to an increase of tourism research aiming to understand student travel motives as such knowledge is paramount to the development of appropriate marketing strategies, services, and promotions. However, due to the increased complexity of mobility, recognized in contemporary times, there seem to be contradictions within their empirical data. Through the understanding of new mobilities, the concept of lifestyle mobility was introduced as a way to better comprehend contemporary mobility, however this approach appears not yet fully introduced within research on student mobility. By studying short term international students in Lund (Sweden) through the lens of lifestyle mobility, i.e. new mobilities, the purpose of this thesis is to bridge that gap. Supported by the concepts of student mobility, lifestyle mobility, and liquid identity a thematic analysis is done of the empirical data collected through semi-structured, ethnographically inspired, interviews. The findings show that partaking in international studies is considered to be a safe and convenient way for students to travel, as a mien to support and develop their identity and desired lifestyle, rather than the academics themselves. Additionally, the experience of studying abroad is permeated with travel, strengthening a the students sense of global identity and supporting a their mobile lifestyle, through lifestyle travel.},
  author       = {Merlo, Johan},
  keyword      = {International student mobility,International study motives,New mobilities,Lifestyle mobilities,Lifestyle travel},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Unravelling International Student Mobility: A New Mobilities Perspective on International Student Mobility},
  year         = {2017},
}