Call for participants in Organized Session Proposal

International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) June 19-22, 2017 in Umeå, Sweden

Symposium Theme: Contested Spaces: Bridging Protection and Development in a Globalizing World


Session proposal: Lifestyle migration, amenity migration and natural resources

Lifestyle migrants have been defined as “relatively affluent individuals, moving part-time or full-time, permanently or temporarily, to places which signify for the migrants something loosely defined as quality of life” (Benson & O’Reilly 2009). Although this dynamic definition has been open for amendment in light of new empirical data, and many studies have contributed to the bourgeoning field of lifestyle migration, little has been done to challenge or alter the definition. Recently, attempts have been made to relate this definition to more general theories of migration, considering the ways in which the term lifestyle migration was developed as an analytical tool and an alternative way of thinking about migration (Benson & O’Reilly 2015). The aim of this session is to contribute to further studies of lifestyle in migration by adding geographical dimensions and relating lifestyle migration and amenity migration to presence, absence and various uses of natural resources. Participants are invited to present empirical or theoretical studies including (but not limited to) the following themes and topics:

 Human geographical approaches to migrants’ narratives of place, space and settings, e.g.

– rural local development in different locations, with multiple or few amenities, in peripheries and hot spots, including struggles and synergies between extractive and attractive industries

– meanings of distance between sending and receiving areas for post-migration lives

– temporalities of lifestyle migration, including turnover and limited length of stay due to migrants’ strategic and flexible switching over the life course (related to the migrants’ sense of place and place ownership, and practices of multiple dwelling and multi-local living)

– lifestyle migrants’ social networks and their transnational social capital

Empirical considerations of lifestyle and amenity issues in conjunction with more general theories of migration, e.g.

– implications of globalisation and climate change for lifestyle migration decisions

– stayers’ and leavers’ gendered perceptions of health, intergenerational solidarity and informal care

– virtual and physical VFR mobilities and the tourism – migration nexus

– lifestyle entrepreneurship, local and mixed embeddedness of small firms

– the importance of fibre net and social media for e-commerce

Please submit your name and a title for your presentation to

International Association for Society and Natural Resources | 936.294.4143 |

ISSRM 2017 webpage

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