In a new paper, published recently in Mobilites, I reflect on the relationship between mobility and identity. In it, I look at how a group of musicians from Texas produce and reproduce their identities whilst on tour. My analysis is focused on the importance of the road in this process. To quote from the abstract:
This article examines how a group of musicians produce and reproduce their identities whilst on the move. More specifically, it shows how touring (a very specific type of mobility) affects and impacts the musicians’ processes of identity construction. What is it like to be on the road? How do musicians value this experience? What meanings do they confer to their mobility? How does it impact on their identities as musicians? The paper is divided into four parts. First it provides a portrait of what it is like to be on the road with a band in order to inquire into the musicians’ motivations to tour in the second section. Then, there is a significant shift from ethnographic accounts to historical analysis. The third part explores links between the rock culture and mobile sensibilities, from a historical point of view. It concludes with a consideration of the musician as a figure of mobility: someone who depends on mobility to construct himself as such.
You can view the paper at Taylor & Francis Online (requires a subscription).
André Nóvoa (Ph.D. candidate)