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Title: Europeans on the move : mobilities and identities of truck drivers, musicians and MEPs
Author: Nóvoa, André Seabra Real Sampaio da
ISNI:       0000 0004 8497 6990
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis is about people on the move and what types of collective identities and sensations of belonging they produce and reproduce whilst moving. Through three cases of mobile ethnography with different professional groups - lorry drivers, musicians and politicians - I attempt to ascertain what kind of geographies of belonging guide and structure their daily lives. Each one of the empirical chapters focuses on different aspects of the relationship between mobility and identity, which is then linked with a broader problematic on European mobility. This thesis is a contribution to the field of studies on mobility in the European Union, attempting to demonstrate that European mobility may well be too much of an abstract category - a category that operates under the assumption that more mobility equals more cultural proximity and social togetherness amongst euro citizens - which veils many aspects of the quotidian social realities of many Europeans who are constantly mobile. Crisscrossing the data collected with recent insights from the new mobilities paradigm, I intend to show that everyday, large-scale mobilities contain a diverse array of strategies when it comes to producing and reproducing collective identities. Even though in some cases mobility may create proximity and foster deep sensations of belonging to an imagined European community, the contrary is also happening. Mobilities are not all the same. Mobilities follow different logics, different geographies and different schemes of identity reproduction. European mobility, instead of being an abstract category per se, is actually grounded in very diverse practices that reproduce forms of spatial injustice, the uneven and unequal distribution of power, and the dynamics of immobility that the Union holds in its territory itself. This is what this thesis is about.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Mobilities ; Identity ; Ethnography ; Cultural Geography ; European Union