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Personal identity (de)formation among lifestyle travellers: A double-edged sword?

Cohen, SA (2010) Personal identity (de)formation among lifestyle travellers: A double-edged sword? Leisure Studies, 29 (3). pp. 289-301.

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This article explores the personal identity work of lifestyle travellers – individuals for whom extended leisure travel is a preferred lifestyle that they return to repeatedly. Qualitative findings from in-depth semi-structured interviews with lifestyle travellers in northern India and southern Thailand are interpreted in light of theories on identity formation in late modernity that position identity as problematic. It is suggested that extended leisure travel can provide exposure to varied cultural praxes that may contribute to a sense of social saturation. Whilst a minority of the respondents embraced a saturation of personal identity in the subjective formation of a cosmopolitan cultural identity, several of the respondents were paradoxically left with more identity questions than answers as the result of their travels.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Cohen, SA
Date : 2010
DOI : 10.1080/02614360903434100
Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published in Leisure Studies, 29(3), 289-301(2010). Leisure Studies is available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 19 Mar 2012 09:55
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:28

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