Human Mobility: Nomads, Migrants, Pilgrims, and Tourists

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G.L. Corinto


Any classification of human mobility cannot be entirely exhaustive due to its intrinsic complexity. However, what is of utmost interest is the perception and awareness that humanity has today, more than ever before, of not being locally rooted and continuously feeling on the move. In contemporary thought, nomadism has become a symbolic representation of the social and cultural postmodern condition. The modern-day nomads are either digital or intellectual. Although they may traverse different paths, they are all united by their desire to move their bodies and minds in space/time. Therefore, the nomadic figure serves as a rhetorical formula that helps us understand minds and actions of migrants, pilgrims, travelers, and tourists. For traveling, it is necessary to have an Apollinean map, which triangulates space, making every point knowable and Euclidean distances easily measurable. On the other hand, knowledge acquired through nomadic wandering around the world is messy and irrational, like the Dionysian wine intoxication. One must honor both gods subsisting in Delphi to gain full knowledge of the phenomena. Failure to do so may result in missing a profound and variable explanation of the motivations with space/time that are at the basis of humanity’s wandering on Earth.

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Corinto, G. (2023). Human Mobility: Nomads, Migrants, Pilgrims, and Tourists. Human Evolution , 38(3-4), 161-171.
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G.L. Corinto, University of Macerata

Department of Education,
Cultural Heritage and Tourism,
University of Macerata, 
Piazzale L. Bertelli 1,
62100, Macerata, Italy.