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Lifestyle travellers: Backpacking as a way of life

Cohen, SA (2011) Lifestyle travellers: Backpacking as a way of life Annals of Tourism Research, 38 (4). 1535 - 1555. ISSN 0160-7383

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Scholarship on backpackers speculates some individuals may extend backpacking to a way of life. This article empirically explores this proposition using lifestyle consumption as its framing concept and conceptualises individuals who style their lives around the enduring practice of backpacking as ‘lifestyle travellers’. Ethnographic interviews with lifestyle travellers in India and Thailand offer an emic account of the practices, ideologies and social identity that characterise lifestyle travel as a distinctive subtype within backpacking. Departing from the drifter construct, which (re)constitutes this identity as socially deviant, the concept of lifestyle allows for a contemporary appraisal of these individuals’ patterns of meaningful consumption and wider insights into how ongoing mobility can lead to different ways of understanding identities and relating to place.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Hospitality and Tourism Management
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Date : October 2011
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.annals.2011.02.002
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(4), October2011, DOI 10.1016/j.annals.2011.02.002.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Mar 2012 14:21
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:15

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