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Living travel vulnerability: A phenomenological study.

Wassler, P. and Kuteynikova, M., 2020. Living travel vulnerability: A phenomenological study. Tourism management, 76 (February), 103967.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2019.103967


Most tourism-scholars have taken an etic perspective on vulnerability, defining the concept as a risk for - and mostly confined to - vulnerable populations. An emic perspective, defining vulnerability as a universal, experiential state of the human condition is anyhow largely absent. Based on forty collected experiences from interviews with twelve participants, this study adopts a phenomenological stance and demonstrates that travel vulnerability is typically lived through different inherent, situational and pathogenic sources, ranging anywhere from potential physical harm and unfamiliar contexts to heightened dependence on the other. The peak experience for the traveller is described as a loss of soundness, where vulnerability actualises from a dispositional state into a transformative experience. Through a Nietzschean lens, the study suggests a different and more complex approach to travel vulnerability, where the concept is embraced and not transcended, lived and not avoided; in order to move towards fulfilling travel experiences.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:vulnerability ; phenomenology ; emic perspective ; risk ; tourist experience ; transformative experience
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:32755
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:12 Sep 2019 14:32
Last Modified:11 Sep 2021 01:08


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