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DIGITAL NOMADS: EMPLOYMENT IN THE ONLINE GIG ECONOMY
BEVERLY YUEN THOMPSON
Sociology Department
Siena College, Loudonville, New York bthompson@siena.edu
Abstract: In 1997, Tsugio Makimoto and David Manners published their future-looking manifesto Digital Nomad that, decades later, would present as a manifesto for a lifestyle movement. At the time, businesses and the US government were interested in looking at tele-commuting, productivity, and work-family balance. Critiques of a neoliberal economy provide insight into understanding the context of freelance and online, piecemeal employ- ment. This article examines the types of employment that digital nomads engage in, based on in-depth interviews with thirty-eight self-identified digital nomads. The participants mostly originate from wealthy, industrialized nations, and have many class privileges, but are underemployed compared to what their socio-economic status would historically sug- gest. As most participants are in the Millennial Generation, an overview of the shifting so- cio-economic status of this age-cohort is examined in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and the European Union – notably their high educational achievements and in- creasingly precarious employment status. Many of the nomads were working part-time with their own micro-business, with few able to maintain full-time employment. Few have bene- fits such as healthcare, retirement, unemployment insurance, or family leave. While “free- dom” is touted as the benefit of gig-work, by both industry management and digital nomad enthusiasts, this lifestyle marks a shift towards precarious employment – itself not a basis for economic freedom, nor security.
Keywords: digital nomads, location-independent, technology, travel, freelance.
INTRODUCTION
In 1997, Tsugio Makimoto and David Manners published their future-looking manifesto Digital Nomad at a moment when the internet – and its possibilities – were just entering the popular imagination. The authors presented a vision of how the new tech- nology could revolutionize our lives – especially by inverting work and leisure. No longer would we need to live within commuting distance to our cubicles – workers could disperse around the globe, to the more temperate climates, and work when they want-
ISSN 2283-7949
GLOCALISM: JOURNAL OF CULTURE, POLITICS AND INNOVATION 2018, 1, DOI: 10.12893/gjcpi.2018.1.11
Published online by “Globus et Locus” at www.glocalismjournal.net
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