Digital Nomads: In Search of Freedom, Community, and Meaningful Work in the New Economy (Hardcover)
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A small but growing group of today's knowledge workers actively seek a lifestyle of freedom, using technology to perform their jobs, traveling far and wide, and moving as often as they like. These digital nomads have left their local coffee shops behind and now proudly post their office of the day photos from exotic locales, but what do their lives really look like? In Digital Nomads, Rachael Woldoff and Robert Litchfield take readers into an expatriate digital nomad community in Bali, Indonesia to better understand this growing demographic of typically Millennial workers. Through dozens of interviews and several stints living in a digital nomad hub, Woldoff and Litchfield present new answers to classic questions about community, creativity, and work. They further show why digital nomads leave their conventional lives behind, arguing that creative class and Millennial workers, though successful, often feel that their world class cities and desirable jobs are anything but paradise. They first follow their transitions into freelancing, entrepreneurship, and remote work, then explain how digital nomads create a fluid but intimate community abroad in the company of like-minded others. Ultimately, Woldoff and Litchfield provide insight into digital nomads' efforts to live and work in ways that balance freedom, community, and creative fulfillment in the digital age. A sympathetic yet critical take on this emerging group of workers, Digital Nomads provides a revealing take on the changing nature of work and the problems of the new economy.
About the Author
Rachael A. Woldoff is Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. Her books include Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods and White Flight/Black Flight: The Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood, which was awarded the Best Book Award from the Urban Affairs Association. Robert C. Litchfield is Associate Professor of Economics and Business at Washington & Jefferson College.