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Tourism mobilities and India’s diaspora

Introduction The concept of mobility has now become an evocative keyword for the twentyfirst century and encompasses both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital and information across the world, and the more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public space and the travel of material things within everyday life (Sheller and Urry, 2004; Urry, 2007; Hannam et al., 2006). As Sheller and Urry (2004: 1) write in their book Tourism Mobilities:

We refer to ‘tourism mobilities’, then, not simply to state the obvious (that tourism is a form of mobility), but to highlight that many different mobilities inform tourism, shape the places where tourism is performed, and drive the making and unmaking of tourist destinations. Mobilities of people and objects, airplanes and suitcases, plants and animals, images and brands, data systems and satellites, all go into ‘doing’ tourism. . . . Tourism mobilities involve complex combinations of movement and stillness, realities and fantasies, play and work.