Title

This Trip Really Changed Me: Backpackers’ Narratives of Self-Change

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2004

Keywords

narrative, identity, self-change, authenticity, Israeli society

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2003.08.004

Abstract

This paper explores Israeli backpackers’ travel narratives, in which a profound self-change is recounted. These tourists are construed as narrators, whose identity stories, in which the powerful experience of self-change is constructed and communicated, are founded on, and rhetorically validated by the unique experiences of authenticity and adventure. The relation between the travel narrative, attesting to an external voyage toward an “authentic” destination, and the self-change narrative, attesting to an internal one, is examined in light of two major discourses in tourism: the semi-religious and the Romanticist. The paper addresses the sociocultural context, that of contemporary Israeli culture, against which the self-change narratives construct a collective notion of identity, and wherein they can be viewed as effective performances.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

No

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Annals of Tourism Research, v. 31, issue 1, p. 78-102

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