Backpacker Tourism: Concepts and Profiles

Edited by: Kevin Hannam, Irena Ateljevic

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The search for new tourism experiences as well as changes in the tourism industry itself has led to new forms of individualised travel and consequentially new forms of backpacker tourism. This volume provides an up to date examination of the behaviour, attitudes and motivations of backpacker tourists as well as the growth of the infrastructure behind backpacker tourism phenomenon throughout the world. Drawing upon insights from geography, sociology, anthropology, management and marketing, Backpacker Tourism provides theoretically informed case studies of individual destinations of backpackers. This book will be of interest to students and researchers of backpacker tourism as well as those involved in the backpacker tourism industry itself.

This fascinating and thoughtfully-edited collection of new research illustrates the changing dynamics of backpacker tourism. It makes a solid contribution to our understanding of backpacker tourism, but also raises important questions within ongoing larger debates about power, human societies and change.

This book offers a number of new insights into the backpacking phenomenon. The volume is definitely well worth reading as both background literature and as a research reference for researchers.

Annals of Tourism Research 35 (3)

Professor Kevin Hannam is Professor of Tourism Development and Head of Tourism at the University of Sunderland, UK. He is the co-editor with Mimi Sheller and John Urry of the journal Mobilities. He has published widely on cultural geography and conceptual aspects of tourism development, with a particular empirical focus on India and Scandinavia. Dr

Irena Ateljevic is based within the Socio-Spatial Analysis Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She is the co-editor of recent books on critical tourism including: Ateljevic, I. Morgan, N. and Pritchard, A. (2007) The Critical Turn in Tourism Studies: Exploring Innovative Methodologies (Elsevier Advanced Series); and Pritchard, A. Morgan, N. Ateljevic, I. and Harris, C. (2007) Tourism, Gender and Embodiment (CAB International). Her most recent research interest lies in analysing the political implications and powers surrounding the production of academic knowledge.

1. Introduction: Conceptualising and Profiling Backpacker Tourism - Kevin Hannam and Irena Ateljevic


2. Suspending Reality: An Exploration of Enclaves and the Backpacker Experience - Julie Wilson and Greg Richards

3. The Social Psychological Interface of Tourism and Independent Travel - Petri Hottola

4. Sustainability Research and Backpacker Studies: Intersections and Mutual Insights - Phillip Pearce

5. Are Backpackers Ethical Tourists? - Clare Speed and Annabel Hartnell

6. The Lonely Planet Myth: Backpacker Bible and Travel Survival Kit - Peter Welk

7. Challenging the Tourist-Other Dualism: Gender, Backpackers and the Embodiment of Tourism Research - Erica Wilson and Irena Ateljevic


8. Van Tour and Doing a Contiki: Grand Backpacker Tours of Europe - Jude Wilson, David Fisher and Kevin Moore

9. Uncovering the International Backpackers to Malaysia - Lee Tze Ian and Ghazali Musa

10. Exploring the Motivations of Backpackers: The Case of South Africa - Christine Niggel and Angela Benson

11. Study Backpackers: Australia's Short-stay International Student Travellers - Jeff Jarvis and Victoria Peel

12. Women as Backpacker Tourists: A Feminist Analysis of Destination Choice and Social Identities from the UK - Linda Myers and Kevin Hannam

13. The Backpacking Journey of Israeli Women in Mid-Life - Darya Maoz

14. Intra-Community Tensions in Backpacker Enclaves: Sydney's Bondi Beach - Julie Wilson, Greg Richards and Ian MacDonnell

15. Perceptions of Backpacker Accommodation Facilities: A Comparative Study of Scotland and New Zealand - Jenny Cave, Maree Thyne and Chris Ryan

16. Conclusion: Towards a Critical Agenda for Backpacker Tourism - Irena Ateljevic and Kevin Hannam

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