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  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (April 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415553679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415553674
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A uniquely 'nomadic ethnography,' Global Nomads is the first in-depth treatment of a counterculture flourishing in the global gulf stream of new electronic and spiritual developments. D'Andrea's is an insightful study of expressive individualism manifested in and through key cosmopolitan sites. This book is an invaluable contribution to the anthropology/sociology of contemporary culture, and presents required reading for students and scholars of new spiritualities, techno-dance culture and globalization."

Graham St John, Research Fellow, School of American Research, New Mexico

"D'Andrea breaks new ground in the scholarship on both globalization and the shaping of subjectivities. And he does so spectacularly, both through his focus on neo-nomadic cultures and a novel theorization. This is a deeply erudite book and it is a lot of fun."

Saskia Sassen, Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, and Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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University of Chicago, USA --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Theseus Augustus on July 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The first thing I have to say about this brilliant book is: PUBLISHER! come out with an inexpensive paperback edition!! This book is of wide interest to travelers, students of cosmopolitan culture, and reads like a travelogue. The publisher has priced it as an academic textbook of interest only to libraries. That is insane.

This book is of strong interest to hippies, club kids, neo-hippies, followers of Burning Man, festival freaks, psychedelic people, world travelers, students of counterculture history, and electronic music lovers/producers/DJ's. It is rich with stories of modern India and Spain, Goa, Pune and Ibiza, and the role these places play in the modern global nomadic counterculture. It is a fascinating study of world countercultures, and how the hippies of the sixties became transformed into the ravers of the nineties and the freaks of the new millennium.

It is also an inspiring travelogue for present and aspiring expatriates, and other global nomads, who see the road as a home instead of a way of getting somewhere. I just also finished reading Tim Ferris' "4 Hour Workweek", and see strong connections between the two books. Both books are about people who use their imagination to transform their lives and challenge the conventional, sedentary existence that most people live.

For at least the next three decades the major changes happening in the world will be occurring on the transnational front. People who embrace lives of hypermobility will be best poised to experience and facilitate this. This applies to people who do not consider themselves counterculture types.

Though this book is about the "expressive counterculture", d'Andreas makes a strong case that global capitalism and the counterculture are caught in a constant dialectic struggle.
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GLOBAL NOMADS is sociologist Anthony D'Andrea's study of a new population that has arisen through processes of globalization, carried out through participation in two interlinked social scenes in Ibiza and India in the late 1990s/early 2000s. This group of Westerners living abroad might be commonly labelled "hippies", "freaks" or "New Agers", but D'Andrea labels them "expressive expatriates" for the way they have integrated mobility into their economic strategies and countercultural lifestyles.

In the 1990s, D'Andrea visited Ibiza several times, stayed for a prolonged time and became acquainted with a variety of people there. The first Ibizan expatriate demographic he studies are New Age types who live in the hinterlands of the island, avoiding the commercial clubs (except for a few which they consider acceptable and, by making the guest list, can enter for free) and elaborating their own rituals of yoga, alternative diets, etc. By the late 1990s, any sense of Ibiza as a reasonable retreat for an anti-materialist counterculture had been eroded, and it is no surprise that many of the people he describes were now aged 40-60 and had moved to Ibiza long before the club explosion.

Another Ibizan population that D'Andrea describes are seasonal workers who accept poor wages so that they have access to the wild party scene there. D'Andrea makes a thought-provoking observation on how traditional Marxism fails to account for such workers who would deliberately impoverish themselves for the sake of expanded leisure. D'Andrea's detailed breakdown of the economics of the turn-of-the-millennium superclubs makes this a must-read for any fan of dance music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clay Douglass on September 11, 2010
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A challenging and difficult introduction yields to a wonderfully adept description of the island I have come to love. Well observed.
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