By Kevin Hannam, Irena Ateljevic
Backpacker tourism has shifted from the margins of the shuttle into the mainstream. Backpacker Tourism: techniques and profiles explores the present kingdom of the overseas backpacker phenomenon, drawing jointly various disciplinary views on its which means, effect and importance. hyperlinks are drawn among conceptual concerns and case reports, environment backpacking in its wider social, cultural and fiscal context.
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Edward Wilson (1980) Á proposed sociobiology Á the interdependence of human life and its biological roots . Stephen Jay Gould (1990) Á advocated biological science and humanities as joint paths to understanding human existence . John Elkington (1997) Á developed the triple bottom line approach to sustainability literature and there is a body of work on ‘green’ consumers, but the emphasis is modest compared to the corporation or business enterprise focus (Dunphy & Benveniste, 2000; Font, 2001). The achievements of research and analysis in the sustainability literature can be classified under the themes of establishing frameworks, providing reporting standards, developing indicators, constructing codes of practice and identifying pathways and processes to foster sustainability.
This applies not just to the visitors themselves, but also to local residents and travel industry staff. For example, in response to the statement ‘backpackers are no different to other tourists’, one local resident commented ‘yes, they play a bigger part in our community’, while a backpacker supplier said ‘backpackers stay longer Á it comes down to money’. For the backpackers, however, the difference tends to be underlined by travel style: ‘tourists stay in resorts and do towns, backpackers do as they please’.
In this way the processes of development kicked off by the backpackers may become an economic springboard for local residents as well. The enclave may also be a space that allows the illusion of a contemporaneous existence of reversal and extension. Instead of finding communitas (Turner, 1973) through submersion in the host culture, perhaps backpackers find a similar experience through the communal spaces of the enclave Á areas in which cultural difference is clearly present, but not in the form imagined when leaving home.