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Tourism as connectedness
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship. Western Norway Res Inst, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0505-9207
Univ Surrey, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1260-8577
Bournemouth Univ, UK.
2018 (English)In: Current Issues in Tourism, ISSN 1368-3500, E-ISSN 1747-7603, Vol. 21, no 14, p. 1586-1600Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 21, no 14, p. 1586-1600
Keywords [en]
transport psychology, travel motivation, close relationships, social networks, identities
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Economics and Business
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Tourism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77414DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2016.1157142ISI: 000439722100002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84961203870OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-77414DiVA, id: diva2:1242783
Available from: 2018-08-29 Created: 2018-08-29 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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