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Binge flying: Behavioural addiction and climate change

Cohen, SA, Higham, JES and Cavaliere, CT (2011) Binge flying: Behavioural addiction and climate change Annals of Tourism Research, 38 (3). 1070 - 1089. ISSN 0160-7383

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Abstract

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.

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Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Annals of Tourism Research. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Annals of Tourism Research, 38(3), July 2011, DOI 10.1016/j.annals.2011.01.013.
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Hospitality and Tourism Management
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 14:11
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:15
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/239157

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