“Wish YOU weren’t here!” Interpersonal conflicts and the touristic experiences of Norwegian and British women travelling with friends
Heimtun, B. and Jordan, F. (2011) “Wish YOU weren’t here!” Interpersonal conflicts and the touristic experiences of Norwegian and British women travelling with friends. Tourist Studies journal, 11 (3). pp. 271-290. ISSN 1468-7976
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Tourism is often portrayed by the tourism industry, tourists themselves and tourism scholars as a liminoid site of escape, happiness and freedom from constraint. For many, however, holidays do not live up to this expectation. This paper challenges the dominant tourism discourse of holidays as sites of unproblematic pleasure in examining contestation, conflicts and negotiations between women and their travelling companions. Drawing on conceptualisations of in-group interpersonal conflicts and theorisation of the mobile social identities of women travellers, we explore the impact of holiday conflicts on women’s holiday experiences and friendships. The findings of this qualitative study of female tourists from Norway and the UK suggest that women adopt various strategies to deal with open and hidden conflicts that may threaten their friendships and holiday experiences. Such strategies include avoidance of conflict through compromise, negotiation of appropriate holiday behaviours prior to travel or ultimately choosing to travel solo.
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