Enjoying sunset: successful ageing and the grey nomad community

Pearce, Philip L., Oktadiana, Hera, Pearce, John R., and Chen, Tingzhen (2021) Enjoying sunset: successful ageing and the grey nomad community. In: Pforr, Christof, Dowling, Ross, and Volgger, Michael, (eds.) Consumer Tribes in Tourism: contemporary perspectives on special-interest tourism. Springer, Singapore, pp. 161-176.

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Grey nomads, an Australian term for older recreation vehicle travellers, are bound together by a set of common characteristics. This chapter initially identifies a number of issues associated with successful ageing; this discussion provides a somewhat novel perspective on the group’s commonalities and mobility. Next, and as a basis for providing insights at a group level, the authors briefly review both social representations theory and social practice theory as ways to explore the value and significance of the grey nomads’ extended holiday journeys. Studies of the behaviours and attitudes of members of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA), and its magazine, are used as the empirical basis for the commentary. From multiple data sources, the researchers examine the common concerns of grey nomads, and the language and normative behaviours which build in-group belonging. Both social practice theory and social representation theory, with their power to focus on the commonalities and key guiding metaphors of interacting parties, are employed to help finesse the discussion. Findings support the elements of the positive psychology framework known as PERMA –the acronym summarising the psychological elements of ageing successfully.

Item ID: 65434
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-981-15-7149-7
Keywords: Grey nomads, Successful ageing, Social practice theory, Social representations theory, PERMA framework
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Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2021 22:09
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 Tourist behaviour and visitor experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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