Cohen, S., Higham, J. and Cavaliere, C., 2011. Binge flying: Behavioural addiction and climate change. Annals of Tourism Research, 38 (3), pp. 1070-1089.
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Recent popular press suggests that ‘binge flying’ constitutes a new site of behavioural addiction. We theoretically appraise and empirically support this proposition through interviews with consumers in Norway and the United Kingdom conducted in 2009. Consistent findings from across two national contexts evidence a growing negative discourse towards frequent short-haul tourist air travel and illustrate strategies of guilt suppression and denial used to span a cognitive dissonance between the short-term personal benefits of tourism and the air travel’s associated long-term consequences for climate change. Tensions between tourism consumption and changing social norms towards acceptable flying practice exemplify how this social group is beginning to (re)frame what constitutes ‘excessive’ holiday flying, despite concomitantly continuing their own frequent air travels.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||behavioural addiction, air travel, climate change, social norms|
|Subjects:||Geography and Environmental Studies|
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Tourism
|Group:||School of Tourism|
|Deposited By:||Dr Scott Cohen LEFT|
|Deposited On:||03 Jul 2011 20:20|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 15:46|
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