Backpacking Culture and Mobilities: Independent and Nomadic Travel

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This book presents new contributions in backpacking research from various disciplines, capturing the diversity of backpacker contexts, motives and behaviours. It takes a fresh, critical and reflexive look at over 40 years of backpacking research and seeks to recentre backpacking research before introducing new perspectives on backpacking and global backpacker cultures from previously unexplored perspectives. The chapters examine contemporary backpacker culture and mobilities, and the value and worth of backpacking both for individuals seeking an alternative life course and transformation, and destinations and businesses who value their economic and cultural potential. The volume aims to make sense of current research in order to understand backpacking's future, and produce new directions for conceptual, theoretical and methodological development and future research. It will be useful for students and researchers in tourism, sociology and anthropology.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherMultilingual Matters & Channel View Publications
Number of pages320
ISBN (Electronic)9781845418090
ISBN (Print)9781845418069, 9781845418083
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2023


  • backpacking
  • tourism
  • sociology
  • anthropology
  • mobilities
  • culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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