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Title: The new economy as a gateway to leisure travelling: experiences of highly skilled Indian professionals in Europe
Authors: Roos, Hannelore
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Leisure Studies, 30(2), p.192-202
Abstract: This article investigates India’s professionals’ tourist mobilities during on-site assignments in continental Europe. The concept of experiential cultural capital is introduced to highlight the sociocultural symbolic significance of experiences of travelling for leisure enabled by one’s professional career. The study (conducted between 2007 and 2013) is based on ethnographic research online and in-depth face-to-face interviews with 76 Indian expatriates working in the information, communication and technology (ICT) sector in Brussels. This complementary approach of online and offline research enabled the observation of practices of status distinction, which deepened the understanding of Indian professionals’ tourist mobility. The data of the lived experiences of leisure travelling enabled by professional career trajectories illustrate practices of capital accumulation. In addition, they show how India’s youth, inscribed in new economy sectors, such as the ICT sector, seize the volatile opportunities offered by changing global economic and political conditions. Moreover, this research indicates how occupational identity is intertwined with particular practices of leisure travelling as the organisational culture might influence leisure opportunities. Therefore, by participating in and managing this symbolic resource of tourist mobility, professionals signal their economic success to their family and peers in order to be recognised as such.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/21305
DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2016.1187661
ISI #: 000396850000005
ISSN: 0261-4367
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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