Backpackers as a community of strangers : the interaction order of an online backpacker notice board

Adkins, Barbara A. & Grant, Eryn L. (2007) Backpackers as a community of strangers : the interaction order of an online backpacker notice board. Qualitative Sociology Review, 3(2).

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While commercial images of 'backpacking' emphasise adventure, youth and sightseeing, recent ethnographies of backpackers identify other motivations and rationales that accentuate travel experiences as formative of the self and identity. This raises the question of the basis of this apparently common orientation. This paper investigates, through analysis of postings on an electronic backpacker notice board, 'backpacker' as a collaboratively constructed category. We propose that the shared understandings of 'backpacker' enabled by these notice boards are consistent with cultural orientations captured in notions of cosmopolitanism (Beck, 2000) involving a shift to new forms of sociality across borders: a solidarity with strangers.

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ID Code: 6618
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Backpackers, Interaction Order, Information and Communication and Technology, Cosmopolitanism
ISSN: 1733-8077
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:41

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