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Novel Insights into the Identity Changes among Backpackers

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Abstract:

Studies of contemporary fiction represents another pathway in the representations and understanding of the challenges confronting sets of young budget travelers. Six popular novels about backpackers, three written in English and three in Hebrew, form the canon of information used in this analysis of identity and motivational concerns of backpackers. By using the tools of discourse analysis and a search for thematic commonalities and directed by the recommended good practices in using these techniques, the novels were found to highlight the centrality of relationships, drug use and, to a lesser extent, danger and violence. Additionally the importance of inactivity and an understanding of doing nothing were also highlighted. These themes link to, extend, and potentially direct current social science research about this specific travel group.

Keywords: BACKPACKER STUDIES; DISCOURSE ANALYSIS; EXPERIENCE THEMES; FICTION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/109830408783900325

Publication date: April 1, 2008

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  • Tourism, Culture & Communication is international in its scope and will place no restrictions upon the range of cultural identities covered, other than the need to relate to tourism and hospitality. The Journal seeks to provide interdisciplinary perspectives in areas of interest that may branch away from traditionally recognized national and indigenous cultures, for example, cultural attitudes toward the management of tourists with disabilities, gender aspects of tourism, sport tourism, or age-specific tourism.
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