Performing tourism: Exploring the productive consumption of tourism in enclavic spaces
Jordan, F. (2008) Performing tourism: Exploring the productive consumption of tourism in enclavic spaces. International journal of tourism research, 10 (4). pp. 293-304. ISSN 1522-1970 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/16150
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jtr.662
In this paper the interactive nature of touristic encounters in enclavic spaces is explored. Drawing on concepts of tourism as performative practice, it examines tourist experience as a form of productive consumption in which holidays are shaped by interactions with both those working in tourism and other tourists. The discussion draws on data gathered in semi-structured interviews carried out with 39 solo female tourists from the UK. The fi ndings of this study suggest that the sexualised performances of tourism employees and of different groups of tourists in the physical, temporal and social contexts of the holiday have the power to render such spaces inclusive or exclusionary.