Chasing a myth? Searching for ‘self’ through lifestyle travel.

Cohen, S., 2010. Chasing a myth? Searching for ‘self’ through lifestyle travel. Tourist Studies, 10 (2), pp. 117-133.

This is the latest version of this eprint.

Full text available as:

PDF (post-refereeing final draft) - Accepted Version

Official URL:

DOI: 10.1177/1468797611403040


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.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:self, searching, lifestyle travellers, essentialism, social construction
Subjects:Arts > Recreation
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Tourism
Group:School of Tourism
ID Code:18339
Deposited By:Dr Scott Cohen LEFT
Deposited On:26 Jul 2011 09:39
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:47


Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...
Repository Staff Only -