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Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research, volume 289
International Conference on Communicative Strategies of Information Society (CSIS 2018)
Social Risks and Human Values in Context of Digital Nomadism
Е.V. Krivtsova
Socio-Psychological Institute Kemerovo State University Kemerovo, Russia
T.N. Martynova
Socio-Psychological Institute Kemerovo State University Kemerovo, Russia
Abstract—The article is devoted to the analysis of digital nomadism as a phenomenon, a sociocultural event, a lifestyle, and a professional activity of a person in the modern network information and communication society. There is a summary of modern research and practical experience, which allowed identifying advantages and problem areas in life organization and professional activities of digital nomads, viewed as a distinct social category of people. The article discusses the results of the empirical research and analyses the life values and causes of social risks as exemplified by photographers’ – digital nomads’ – lifestyle and professional activities. It is concluded that within the framework of digital nomadism considered as a risky lifestyle and environment, there is a need to manage social risks, to prevent and minimize them through realizing a person's social and individual potential.
Keywords—social risks, life values, professional activities, digital nomadism, digital nomad, photographer
The experts of the day state a change in the social structure following the development of remote network communications, digital technologies, and the emergence of the information society. Physical space is no longer an obstacle in communication and professional interaction. As a result, society as an organization to a certain extent ceases to be hierarchical and dependent on the space, acquiring the features of a network (a rhizome) with a multitude of connections between its objects. There are areas of virtual presence and interaction with different functional orientation.
The virtual environment changes the social structure, people's lifestyles and values, their interaction, simultaneously forming the global information space, which makes the basis of the information society. Today, the virtual environment concentrates business, education, and entertainment information, provides access to databases in virtually every area of the society from various information
resources of public and private institutions, companies, libraries, etc. The number of organizations switching their employees over to the “nomadic” mode of work is rapidly growing, as well as the number of free (autonomous) “nomads”.
An integral part of nomads’ mobile lifestyles and professional activities are social risks. The digital nomad is constantly exposed to risks because today the social function is partially performed by a single virtual information space, which begins competing with the environment relevant to the organization of social processes.
Thus, it evidentiates the relevance of this scientific problem, since the rapid development of digital technologies and the formation of the information society make the nomadic lifestyle more and more widespread.
The term “digital nomad” emerged quite recently in the scientific literature and professional practice. Digital nomads are freelancers of the new generation. Digital nomads include professionals (photographers, cameramen, journalists, designers, IT specialists, etc.) or entrepreneurs from a certain field, and they are not tied to a particular job site in their work.
The “digital nomads” project the nomadism phenomenon in terms of a modern metaphor as unlimited freedoms; they are a modern brand, conceptual innovation, symbolizing a certain existential freedom.
Digital nomadism is a relevant topic for scientific research in information technology, humanities and social sciences (J. Attali, W.J. Mitchell, A. Bard and Y. Soederqvist, I. P. Kuzheleva-Sagan et al.).
The term “digital nomadism” as a system of attitudes, values, and a purpose, a modern urban nomadic lifestyle, met a controversial approval in earlier concepts and phenomena
O.V. Valko
Institute of Philology, Foreign Languages and Mediacommunications Kemerovo State University
Kemerovo, Russia
Copyright © 2019, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC license (

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