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‘Wish YOU Weren’t Here!’: Interpersonal Conflicts and the Touristic Experiences of Norwegian and British Women Travelling with Friends

Heimtun, Bente; Jordan, Fiona

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Bente Heimtun

Fiona Jordan Fiona.Jordan@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Dean - Strategic Partnerships



Abstract

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 conceptualizations of in-group interpersonal conflicts and theorization 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. © 2011, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Citation

Heimtun, B., & Jordan, F. (2011). ‘Wish YOU Weren’t Here!’: Interpersonal Conflicts and the Touristic Experiences of Norwegian and British Women Travelling with Friends. Tourist Studies, 11(3), 271-290. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468797611431504

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2011
Journal Tourist Studies
Print ISSN 1468-7976
Electronic ISSN 1741-3206
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 3
Pages 271-290
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1468797611431504
Keywords female tourists, interpersonal conflicts, women’s friendships, gender, tourism
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/957192
Publisher URL http://tou.sagepub.com/

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