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Many homes for tourism: re-considering spatializations of home and away in tourism mobilities

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Journal publication date1/12/2008
JournalTourist Studies
Journal number3
Volume8
Number of pages21
Pages291-311
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Tourism mobilities have long been spatialized as circular structures emanating from a primary home that is opposed to a space of ‘away’. Increasingly complex personal mobilities and experiences with multiple homes, however, challenge the assumptions on which this spatialization of tourism rests. This article utilizes an analysis of travel memoir narratives of return home and second home mobilities to deconstruct the oppositions within traditional spatializations of tourism, revealing in the process the way in which the everyday and tourism are entangled and interactive. Memoir authors construct complex relationships between spaces and places, wherein second homes can inspire new tourism practices at both unfamiliar locations and primary homes, and returning to previous homes can involve tourism of and at home. A consideration of these relationships reveals the difficulty of labeling mobilities as essentially touristic and suggests possibilities for new spatializations, ontology and methodologies that leave room for many homes for tourism.

Bibliographic note

The final, definitive version of this paper has been published as Hui, A (2008). Many homes for tourism: re-considering spatializations of home and away in tourism mobilities. Tourist Studies, 8(3), 291-311 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. http://tou.sagepub.com/content/8/3/291