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Binge flying: Behavioural addiction and climate change.

Cohen, S., Higham, J. and Cavaliere, C., 2011. Binge flying: Behavioural addiction and climate change. Annals of Tourism Research, 38 (3), 1070-1089.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2011.01.013


Recent popular press suggests that ‘binge flying’ constitutes a new site of behavioural addiction. We theoretically appraise and empirically support this proposition through interviews with consumers in Norway and the United Kingdom conducted in 2009. Consistent findings from across two national contexts evidence a growing negative discourse towards frequent short-haul tourist air travel and illustrate strategies of guilt suppression and denial used to span a cognitive dissonance between the short-term personal benefits of tourism and the air travel’s associated long-term consequences for climate change. Tensions between tourism consumption and changing social norms towards acceptable flying practice exemplify how this social group is beginning to (re)frame what constitutes ‘excessive’ holiday flying, despite concomitantly continuing their own frequent air travels.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:behavioural addiction, air travel, climate change, social norms
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:18247
Deposited By: Dr Scott Cohen LEFT
Deposited On:03 Jul 2011 19:20
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:39


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