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Diasporic Mobilities on Vacation
Tourism of European-Moroccans at Home

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ISBN 9781032000282
April 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Diasporic Mobilities on Vacation is a nuanced exploration of the embodied and affective practices of Moroccans from Europe visiting Morocco for summer vacation. Rather than characterizing them as uncomfortably split between homelands, this book focuses on how their touristic leisure practices create their own space of diasporic belonging.

An expert on Moroccan diaspora communities and mobile lifestyles, the book draws on multi-sited and mobile ethnographic research to take the reader along on the journey ‘home’ and experience the daily lives of diasporic visitors. Their practices, activities, and encounters on vacation offer insights into larger issues of class, leisure consumption, and transnational belonging in South-to-North migration contexts. Concretely, the book shows how these holiday encounters simultaneously generate integration into Morocco for migrant descendants who can feel at ‘home’ in this homeland, and differentiation from others in how they embody ‘Moroccaness’ as social and material actors.

This book shows how seemingly frivolous practices of leisure have material consequences for individuals who belong across homelands. Positioned at the intersection of migration studies, leisure and tourism mobilities, and ethnomethodology and practice theory, this book is a worthwhile read for scholars and students—indeed, anyone questioning or experiencing problems of belonging in transnational and diasporic contexts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction: Home for summer vacation

Chapter 2 – Assembling diasporicness: More than the sum of its parts

Chapter 3 - Vignettes: Attachments, Embodiments, Insulations

Chapter 4 – Conclusions: Assembling diasporic mobilities

Appendix: Methodological design

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Lauren Wagner is Associate Professor in Diasporic Mobilities at Maastricht University, where she serves as Programme Director for the MA Globalisation and Development and as a curriculum developer in the Bachelor in Global Studies. She is a post-disciplinary social scientist investigating diasporic mobilities through ethnomethodology.