Cohen, S., 2010. Chasing a myth? Searching for ‘self’ through lifestyle travel. Tourist Studies, 10 (2), pp. 117-133.
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This paper problematises the concept of searching for self in the context of lifestyle travellers – individuals for whom extended leisure travel is a preferred lifestyle that they return to repeatedly. Qualitative findings on the search for self from in-depth semi-structured interviews with lifestyle travellers in northern India and southern Thailand are considered in light of opposing academic perspectives on self. The study reveals a theoretical tension that exists between lifestyle travellers who may seek a unified sense of self underpinned by the essentialist position that one’s ‘true self’ exists and contrasting academic viewpoints that conceptualise embodied selves as processual, situational and in flux.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||self, searching, lifestyle travellers, essentialism, social construction|
|Subjects:||Arts > Recreation|
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Tourism
|Group:||School of Tourism > Centre for Event and Sport Research|
|Deposited By:||Dr Scott Cohen LEFT|
|Deposited On:||26 Jul 2011 09:39|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 15:47|
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