By Kevin Hannam, Anya Diekmann
Development on earlier paintings on backpacking, this ebook takes the research of backpacker tourism extra by means of attractive either with new theoretical debates into tourism stories and mobilities in addition to with new empirical phenomena reminiscent of the increase of the ‘flashpacker' and replacement locations. Chapters contain fabric on flashpacking, the virtualization of backpacker tradition, the re-conceptualisation of way of life visitors, backpackers as volunteer travelers, in addition to backpackers' studies of hostels, mobilities and their coverage implications. It units a brand new benchmark for the research of autonomous shuttle within the modern international.
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It is incumbent upon policy makers within host destinations such as Fiji to recognise the diversity within the previously homogenised market segment of backpacking and to find ways of supporting the local industry in addressing the new demands associated with the emergence of flashpacking. Chapter 4 The Virtualization of Backpacker Culture: Virtual Mooring, Sustained Interactions and Enhanced Mobilities CODY PARIS Introduction Backpacking is a culture symbolic of the increasingly mobile world. With cultural roots growing from the beatnik and hippie countercultures of the 1950s to the 1970s, backpacking has been a mainstreaming phenomenon in tourism that has evolved and adapted to technological, social, political and economic trends in both the home and destination societies of backpackers.
In The Global Nomad (2004a), Cohen cautioned against research that homogenised the backpacker, calling instead for analysis into the diversity of the phenomenon specifically related to age, gender, subcultures and nationality. Likewise, Ateljevic and Doorne (2004: 76) noted that changes in the culture of backpacking in recent years confirms a ‘continuing need for market research that reveals even more heterogeneity and is context-specific’. Recent studies have moved to meet this challenge in identifying differences in backpacker motivation and experience specifically with regard to gender (Maoz, 2007, 2008; Muzaini, 2006) and nationality (Noy & Cohen, 2005), thereby contributing a more nuanced understanding of backpacker cause and effect at diverse destinations.
By doing this, I have found myself outside my comfort zone as an academic. I have experienced an intriguing tension created between the pull of trying to write this new story; and a pull the other way arising from my training and experience as a social scientist and of being immersed in the ways of being objective and in the need to remove myself from my writings and from the subject itself. In other words, unlike the more conventional papers that I normally write and publish, I have tried here to actively reflect on my own changing experience of the phenomenon of backpacker tourism, first as a backpacker myself in the days before the term really existed, through the 1990s boom in South-East Asia, to my return as an academic tourist studying backpackers.