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Tourism as connectedness

Gössling, S, Cohen, SA and Hibbert, J (2016) Tourism as connectedness Current Issues in Tourism.

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Abstract

Late modernity in developed nations is characterized by changing social and psychological conditions, including individualization, processes of competition and loneliness. Remaining socially connected is becoming increasingly important. In this situation, travel provides meaning through physical encounters, inclusion in traveller Gemeinschaft based on shared norms, beliefs and interests, and social status in societies increasingly defined by mobilities. As relationships are forged and found in mobility, travel is no longer an option, rather a necessity for sociality, identity construction, affirmation or alteration. Social contexts and the underlying motivations for tourism have changed fundamentally in late modernity: non-tourism has become a threat to self-conceptions. By integrating social and psychological perspectives, this paper expands and deepens existing travel and mobilities discussions to advance the understanding of tourism as a mechanism of social connectedness, and points to implications for future tourism research.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Hospitality and Tourism Management
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Gössling, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cohen, SAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hibbert, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2016
Identification Number : 10.1080/13683500.2016.1157142
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Current Issues in Tourism on [date of publication TBC], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13683500.2016.1157142
Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Current Issues in Tourism on [date of publication], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13683500.2016.1157142
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 04 Mar 2016 12:26
Last Modified : 04 Mar 2016 12:58
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810041

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