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A queer perspective on heteronormativity for LGBT travelers.

Usai, R., Cai, W. and Wassler, P., 2020. A queer perspective on heteronormativity for LGBT travelers. Journal of Travel Research. (In Press)

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Abstract

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) tourists are considered one of the most profitable and, at the same time, vulnerable and discriminated-against segments of the industry. However, a more detailed understanding of how heteronormativity (the privileged and normalized view of heterosexuality) constrains their travels is missing. As a result, this study takes a Queer Perspective, investigating the role of heteronormativity in LGBT tourists’ perceived travel constraints. Through sixteen interviews with LGBT travelers, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and structural heteronormativity are identified as constraining factors, and relevant sub-themes are discussed. Finally, this study makes a step towards denaturalizing heterosexuality in a tourism context by giving a voice to an often-overlooked and scarcely understood tourism segment.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0047-2875
Uncontrolled Keywords:LGBT tourism ; constraints ; heteronormativity ; queer theory
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:34672
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:07 Oct 2020 10:49
Last Modified:07 Oct 2020 10:49

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