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In the time of the corona: Tourists and roommates

TOURIST OR REFUGEE? It is first and foremost the role of "tourist" that we experience the rigorous Korona initiatives. For the roaming danger there are small changes. Can a crisis also revitalize solidarity?

Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Bergen
Email: Atle.Moen@uib.no
Published: 2020-03-24

We live in a society where most people are mobile. The "tourists" are mobile of free will, always traveling to new meetings, new friends, new lovers and girlfriends, new experiences, concerts and sports competitions, and new destinations. We do not seek lasting relationships, we do not have long-term life projects, many are intermediate, and attractive for a while, until we decide to move on. One I know wrote on FB that it was with great sadness that he had canceled 6 trips, one day a typical network and academic tourist.
The "roaming hazards" are forced into mobility because their world is devastated by war, drought, food shortages, or flooding. Of course, it may also be that the prospects are so difficult that a dangerous journey, or escape, can seem like the only way out. The roaming hazards, or strayane, is not welcome any city. They meet closed borders, police and tear gas, and barbed wire fences. All countries are struggling to make themselves attractive to the tourists, but no one wants to accept the refugees, or the vagabonds, all those that are forced into mobility.

The tourists are attractive to the recipient countries because they are individual consumers, and the only problem with the tourists is that they can become too many of them in one city, so that they go the way of remaining and trampling down and damaging both nature and the urban environment. That's why villages are calling Venice, Barcelona, Dubrovnik and Bergen issued a warning that they cannot accept a large number of tourists, who even buy small items, because they carry everything on board the cruise ship.

The roaming hazards are in any case forced into immobility in temporary camps, where, of course, any viruses spread freely and where all intensive care is lacking.

Tourists i , is alien to the remaining, and experiences the other tourist as a fence for their own mobility, and an obstacle to their own peace. In this series, or the queue of tourists, there is no solidarity, and the tourist life contains a contradiction: Ideally, single tourists still want to be alone, but the others are important because it is the amount of tourists that makes it attractive and profitable to offer good restaurants , museum and cheap flights. ...

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