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Hitchhiking travel in China: Gender, agency and vulnerability

Gao, Xiongbin, Cohen, Scott and Hanna, Paul (2020) Hitchhiking travel in China: Gender, agency and vulnerability Annals of Tourism Research, 84, 103002.

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Abstract

Despite its recent emergence as an alternative way of travel, hitchhiking in China remains significantly understudied, with its gender aspects unexplored. Investigating the (re)constitution of gendered Chinese hitchhiking subjects in contemporary China, this paper rethinks the paradox of agency largely unexamined in tourism gender research. Ethnographic fieldwork was conducted on the South Sichuan – Tibet Route. The findings demonstrate that gendered subjectivities of the vulnerable female and the invulnerable male in hitchhiking are produced by normative heterosexuality and the principle of reciprocity as interrelated discursive regimes. The paper contributes an understanding of resistance as a contested site that accommodates ongoing political debates and ethical reflections, which requires agency to be continuously posed as a question rather than a solution.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Gao, Xiongbin
Cohen, Scotts.cohen@surrey.ac.uk
Hanna, Paul
Date : 24 July 2020
DOI : 10.1016/j.annals.2020.103002
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Hitchhiking; Gender; Agency; Performativity; Vulnerability;
Additional Information : Embargo OK Metadata OK No Further Action
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 27 Jul 2020 13:28
Last Modified : 27 Jul 2020 13:28
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/858304

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