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“Global nomads tend to form situational attachments to objects, appreciate objects primarily for their instrumental use-value, and value immaterial or ‘light’ possessions as well as practices,” the authors write. And they need their possessions to be portable, like portable electronics. They also value objects that help them stay connected to networks, like e-books and digital photos. “It is not the object per se that is valued, but rather its accessibility. Thus, possessions are replaceable and are not salient or part of the individual’s extended self.” Unlike migrants and expatriates who long for a home and relationships they left behind, global nomads are liberated from emotional, social, and physical obligations.
“Globalization theorists argue that global nomadism will become more prevalent in the future, and thus the liquid relationship to possessions that we identify will become an important lens in which to understand the new role of objects in people’s lives, as consumers will seek to temporarily access objects rather than own them over long periods of time,” the authors conclude. -Science Daily
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a global nomad.
Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about your possessions? How do your choices reflect your relationship with the world?
Art Prompt: Global Nomad
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the rise of global nomadism.
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