How travelling the world allows new ways to educate children and perform family life on the move
A growing number of families are selling their houses, quitting their jobs, and taking their children out of traditional school settings to educate them while traveling the globe. In The World is Our Classroom, Jennie Germann Molz explores the hopes and anxieties that drive these parents and children to leave their comfortable lives behind out of a desire to live the "good life" on the move.
About the Author
Jennie Germann Molz is Professor of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where she teaches courses on social theory, travel and tourism, mobile technologies, global citizenship, and emotion. She is interested in questions of identity, belonging, and ethics in the context of mobile togetherness and has conducted pioneering research on round-the-world backpackers, travel blogging, food mobilities, network hospitality and the sharing economy, family voluntourism, family mobilities, and worldschooling. Her books include Travel Connections: Tourism, Technology and Togetherness in a Mobile World (2012), Disruptive Tourism and its Untidy Guests: Alternative Ontologies for Future Hospitalities (2014), and Mobilizing Hospitality: The Ethics of Social Relations in a Mobile World (2007). In addition, she has published more than two dozen journal articles and book chapters. Since 2011, she has been a co-editor of the journal Hospitality & Society. She received her PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University, where she subsequently held an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship in the Centre for Mobilities Research. In 2013, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Lapland's Multidimensional Tourism Institute in Rovaniemi, Finland. She has taught at Holy Cross since 2007.