The frictions of slow tourism mobilities: Conceptualising campervan travel

Wilson, Sharon and Hannam, Kevin (2017) The frictions of slow tourism mobilities: Conceptualising campervan travel. Annals of Tourism Research, 67. pp. 25-36. ISSN 0160-7383

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This paper discusses the materialities of campervan travel as a relatively ‘slow’ form of tourism mobilities. The research is based upon qualitative research with campervan owners and users in the UK. Previous research has emphasised notions of freedom associated with campervan travel and how it has developed its own subculture. However, we seek to move beyond this to examine the frictions of socially and physically embodied practices of campervan travel in order to address the call for more multi-sensory understandings of tourism mobilities. In our discussion of campervan travel, mobility is understood as intensities of circulations, uncertainties and relational affects where different aspects of friction are central. We conclude by discussing the campervan in relation to wider aspects of slow travel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Slowness, Materialities, Mobilities, Friction, Campervans
Subjects: N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2018 15:30
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2018 15:30

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