Travel writers and writers who travel: Nomadic icons for the backpacker subculture?

Greg Richards, Julie Wilson

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Abstract

Backpackers are becoming an increasingly emblematic part of the global travel scene and backpacker enclaves are more and more visible in tourist destinations. This paper analyses the role of iconic literary nomads – both travel writers and writers who travel – in the shaping of ideologies specific to the international backpacker subculture. Adopting Schein's (1985) concept of culture as consisting of the 'layers' of assumptions, norms, rituals, heroes/heroines and symbols, the writings of seven 'literary nomads' are evaluated and contextualised within different ideologies and practices connected with the backpacker 'scene'. The paper underlines the visibility of backpacker ideologies in the work of the famous iconic writers analysed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-68
JournalJournal of Tourism and Cultural Change
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

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