Novel insights into the identity changes among backpackers

Pearce, Philip L., and Maoz, Darya (2008) Novel insights into the identity changes among backpackers. Tourism Culture and Communication, 8 (1). pp. 27-43.

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Studies of contemporary fiction represents another pathway in the representations and understanding of the challenges confronting sets of young budget travelers. Six popular novels about backpackers, three written in English and three in Hebrew, form the canon of information used in this analysis of identity and motivational concerns of backpackers. By using the tools of discourse analysis and a search for thematic commonalities and directed by the recommended good practices in using these techniques, the novels were found to highlight the centrality of relationships, drug use and, to a lesser extent, danger and violence. Additionally the importance of inactivity and an understanding of doing nothing were also highlighted. These themes link to, extend, and potentially direct current social science research about this specific travel group.

Item ID: 7170
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1943-4146
Keywords: backpacker studies; fiction; discourse analysis; experience themes
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2010 04:59
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 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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