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Digital Culture & Society

Editor-in-Chief: Reichert, Ramón

Ed. by Richterich, Annika / Abend, Pablo / Fuchs, Mathias / Wenz, Karin

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An Experimental Autoethnography of Mobile Freelancing

Nadia Hakim Fernández
Published Online: 2018-01-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.14361/dcs-2017-0215


This piece discusses an experimental ongoing research that began with my experience as an academic freelancer. It focuses on my experience of moving frequently within and between cities under specific work/ life conditions. An autoethnography provides insights not observable in quantitative research designs; and allows for access to embodied experience, along with reflections on emerging topics going beyond the purely personal, namely, mobility, advantage, and (work)place-making. This strategy allowed me to delineate the boundaries of the fieldsite across online and offline settings, including the digital technologies I share with other research participants. Personal maps of geolocalised trajectories overlapped with experiential accounts (photos, audionotes, interviews, and hand-drawn maps) are included. An interpretational thickness emerges from this association of materials. The research process has inspired the development of a smartphone mobile application for documenting such experiences of mobile freelancing, yet to be created with developers, who are, in turn, participants in this research.

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Published Online: 2018-01-12

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: Digital Culture & Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 237–248, ISSN (Online) 2364-2122, ISSN (Print) 2364-2114, DOI: https://doi.org/10.14361/dcs-2017-0215.

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