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Personal identity (de)formation among lifestyle travellers: A double-edged sword?

Cohen, S., 2010. Personal identity (de)formation among lifestyle travellers: A double-edged sword? Leisure Studies, 29 (3), 289-301.

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DOI: 10.1080/02614360903434100


This article explores the personal identity work of lifestyle travellers – individuals for whom extended leisure travel is a preferred lifestyle that they return to repeatedly. Qualitative findings from in-depth semi-structured interviews with lifestyle travellers in northern India and southern Thailand are interpreted in light of theories on identity formation in late modernity that position identity as problematic. It is suggested that extended leisure travel can provide exposure to varied cultural praxes that may contribute to a sense of social saturation. Whilst a minority of the respondents embraced a saturation of personal identity in the subjective formation of a cosmopolitan cultural identity, several of the respondents were paradoxically left with more identity questions than answers as the result of their travels.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:identity work; leisure travel; lifestyle; cosmopolitanism; identity confusion
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:18337
Deposited By: Dr Scott Cohen LEFT
Deposited On:26 Jul 2011 08:36
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:39


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