Unraveling the Politics of Super-rich Mobility: A Study of Crew and Guest on Board Luxury Yachts

In this paper, the author introduces the superyacht as a unique vessel, as a home and workplace to professional crew and holiday space for its super-rich passengers. Drawing upon the notions of motive, rhythm, and friction from Cresswell’s mobility constellation, this paper illustrates how the politics of super-rich mobility are performed by crew and guests on board. Rather than preserve the perception that super-rich individuals are hyper-mobile the author in turn suggest that in the case of the superyacht the desire and to perform their mobility status when on board ultimately circumscribes or restricts super-rich mobility. Using data from an in-depth ethnographic study on board various superyachts, the author suggest ways in which the mobility of the yacht can inform both super-rich and shipped mobilities as both fields continue to grow.


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  • Accession Number: 01539191
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 5 2014 3:00PM