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Rethinking activism: tourism, mobilities and emotion

de Jong, Anna (2016) Rethinking activism: tourism, mobilities and emotion Social & Cultural Geography, 18 (6).

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Abstract

This article seeks to trouble distinctions between activism and tourism, and activism and regionality. It does this by exploring the role of tourism, mobilities and emotion for a regional Australian queer collective, and their 1400 km return journey to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. In illustrating the ways this touristic journey represents alternative ways of performing queer activism, I argue that the existence of regional activism deconstructs notions that non-normative sexualities and queer politics do not exist beyond urban centres. Granting attention to the alternative ways the queer collective utilises tourism mobilities as part of their activism strengthens characterisations of leisure as always more than a space of hedonism and escape. Understanding the broader significance of events enables scholars to rethink festivals as spatially and temporally bounded, one off events but rather crucial to the ongoing sustainability of regional queer collectives and performances of queer activism in peripheral areas.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
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de Jong, Annaa.dejong@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 3 October 2016
Identification Number : 10.1080/14649365.2016.1239754
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social & Cultural Geography on 3 October 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/0.1080/14649365.2016.1239754
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 12 Jul 2017 08:39
Last Modified : 12 Jul 2017 13:44
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841604

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