Lifestyle travellers: Backpacking as a way of life.

Cohen, S., 2011. Lifestyle travellers: Backpacking as a way of life. Annals of Tourism Research, 38 (4), pp. 1535-1555.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2011.02.002

Abstract

Scholarship on backpackers speculates some individuals may extend backpacking to a way of life. This article empirically explores this proposition using lifestyle consumption as its framing concept and conceptualises individuals who style their lives around the enduring practice of backpacking as ‘lifestyle travellers’. Ethnographic interviews with lifestyle travellers in India and Thailand offer an emic account of the practices, ideologies and social identity that characterise lifestyle travel as a distinctive subtype within backpacking. Departing from the drifter construct, which (re)constitutes this identity as socially deviant, the concept of lifestyle allows for a contemporary appraisal of these individuals’ patterns of meaningful consumption and wider insights into how ongoing mobility can lead to different ways of understanding identities and relating to place. Keywords: lifestyle consumption; backpacker; mobility; drifter; identity

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0160-7383
Subjects:Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Tourism
Group:School of Tourism > Centre for Event and Sport Research
ID Code:18638
Deposited By:Dr Scott Cohen LEFT
Deposited On:18 Oct 2011 12:57
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:49

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