Viscous automobilities: diasporic practices and vehicular assemblages of visiting ‘home’

L. Wagner*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper analyzes how leisure practices of diasporic visitors cut viscous trails of car-based consumption through Morocco. During ethnography of summer holidays with Moroccan-origin visitors from Europe, research participants were often observed consuming elite leisure spaces in ways that were predicated on both their familiarity with Morocco as a homeland and their access to a car. Microanalysis of emergent dynamics of group distinction and cohesion achieved through car-propelled leisure consumption indicates how these visitors may be intentionally avoiding certain kinds of publics, which may unintentionally accumulate towards deeper economic divisions between themselves and a broader Moroccan consuming public.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-846
Number of pages20
Issue number6
Early online date24 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • VFR
  • tourism
  • nonlinear
  • complexity
  • distinction
  • ethnomethodology
  • CAR

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